Mihai "Mishu" Duduta

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering


  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University, 2018
  • M.S., Engineering, Harvard University, 2015
  • B.S., Materials Science & Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010

Research Focus

As robots start interacting more closely with people, they’ll need to become smaller or more compliant. These novel soft machines cannot rely on conventional batteries or motors. Instead, we must invent new ways to store energy and deliver power that bring new robotic capabilities. These fundamental challenges can be addressed by advances in materials, as well as their processing and integration into unconventional mechanisms.

  • Novel materials
  • Soft robotics
  • Energy storage


Duduta, Mihai & Berlinger, Florian & Nagpal, Radhika & Clarke, David & Wood, Robert & Temel, Zeynep. (2020). Tunable Multi-Modal Locomotion in Soft Dielectric Elastomer Robots. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. PP. 1-1. 10.1109/LRA.2020.2983705.

Zhao, Huichan & Hussain, Aftab & Israr, Ali & Vogt, Daniel & Duduta, Mihai & Clarke, David & Wood, Robert. (2020). A Wearable Soft Haptic Communicator Based on Dielectric Elastomer Actuators. Soft Robotics. 7. 10.1089/soro.2019.0113.

Duduta, Mihai & Berlinger, Florian & Nagpal, Radhika & Clarke, David & Wood, Robert & Temel, Zeynep. (2019). Electrically-latched compliant jumping mechanism based on a dielectric elastomer actuator. Smart Materials and Structures. 28. 10.1088/1361-665X/ab3537.

Duduta, Mihai & Hajiesmaili, Ehsan & Zhao, Huichan & Wood, Robert & Clarke, David. (2019). Realizing the potential of dielectric elastomer artificial muscles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 116. 201815053. 10.1073/pnas.1815053116.

Zhao, Huichan & Hussain, Aftab & Duduta, Mihai & Vogt, Daniel & Wood, Robert & Clarke, David. (2018). Compact Dielectric Elastomer Linear Actuators. Advanced Functional Materials. 28. 1804328. 10.1002/adfm.201804328.

Duduta, Mihai & Rivaz, Sebastien & Clarke, David & Wood, Robert. (2018). Ultra‐Lightweight, High Power Density Lithium‐Ion Batteries. Batteries & Supercaps. 1. 10.1002/batt.201800030.

Berlinger, Florian & Duduta, Mihai & Gloria, Hudson & Clarke, David & Nagpal, Radhika & Wood, Robert. (2018). A Modular Dielectric Elastomer Actuator to Drive Miniature Autonomous Underwater Vehicles. 3429-3435. 10.1109/ICRA.2018.8461217.

    Dr. Mihai Duduta
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