Rubicon Grant for Davood Farhadi Machekposhti

News - 22 July 2019 - Webredactie 3ME

16 researchers who have recently gained their PhDs have been awarded a Rubicon grant from NWO. At faculty 3mE, Davood Farhadi Machekposhti, researcher at the department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering, has been awarded. He will go to Harvard University (John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) for two years for his research in the area of Flexible mechanical metamaterials for energy management in micro robots.

Flexible mechanical metamaterials for energy management in microrobots

Batteries limit the scalability and energy autonomy of microrobots. This research focusses on the development of flexible mechanical metamaterials for energy management in robots that are scalable, soft and autonomous, in a way similar to biological organisms.


The Rubicon programme is intended to give young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience. With a Rubicon grant researchers can spend up to 24 months doing research at a foreign institution. The size of the grant is dependent on the destination chosen and the duration of the stay. Each year, NWO can fund about 60 young researchers within Rubicon (for a total amount of 7 million euros allocated over three rounds).