Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
Postdoctoral Fellow

Nicolas Fulleringer
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Nicolas Fulleringer is a post-doctoral fellow in George Whitesides's group in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University. Nicolas received his engineering diploma in 2010 for his work on paper physics and chemistry from the Université Grenoble Alpes (France). His master's thesis focused on the modeling of optical properties in recycled papers. Between 2011 and 2014, Nicolas was a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Jean-Francis Bloch, working in an industrial collaboration that led to his thesis entitled "Contribution to the Study of Paper Friction." Since 2015, his research in the MRSEC IRG 3 focuses on the control and new locomotion mechanisms for soft robots, in a group that has frequent collaborations with the Wood and Bertoldi groups. Nicolas also tries to extend the concept of soft robots toward new, dynamic materials—materials that can be deformed by a localized pneumatic pressure in order to change their surface or bulk properties. In addition to his laboratory work on soft robotics, Nicolas continues to explore the critical interfaces among science, technology, startups, and society that he engaged in a separate master's thesis in political science from Sciences Po Grenoble (France).