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Welcome to the Soft Matter Physics (SoMaP) Division

In our division we develop new technologies based on soft materials such as polymers, elastomers and hydrogels. Inspired by nature we explore complex hybrid systems, from flexible and stretchable electronics to soft robots.

Highlights 2021

  • Advanced Electronic Materials publication on Parylene-based stretchable electronics
  • Advanced Materials publication on fiber-based sensor designs

Highlights 2020

  • Science Advances publication on soft electromagnetic actuators
  • Nature Materials publication on gelatin-based biogels
  • Advanced Intelligent Systems publication on magnetic connectors for electronics
  • Advanced Energy Materials publication on separators for stretchable batteries
  • Advanced Science publication on high-speed pneumatic actuators
  • EDISON award in GOLD for the best high-tech innovation in Upper Austria for SoMaP spin-off sendance

Highlights 2019

  • Professorship for Martin Kaltenbrunner
  • FFG project "Interactive Wood"
  • Nature Communications pulication on electronic skins

Highlights 2018

  • COMET project "TextileUX"
  • FET-OPEN project "SensApp"
  • Science Advances publication on magnetosensitive e-skins
  • Science Robotics commentary on soft robotics
  • Nature Electronics commentary on open source labware
  • American Journal of Physics publication on the free fall
  • npj Flexible Electronics publication on printed electronics
  • Our paper on resistive textile sensor interfaces (RESI) wins best paper award at UIST

Highlights 2017

  • ERC-Starting Grant Gel-Sys for Martin Kaltenbrunner
  • High Altmetrics score for FWF-funded publication with SoMaP contribution
  • Science Advances publication on hydrogels
  • Science Advances publication on perovskites
  • Houska recognition award 2017 for the Team of Reinhard Schwödiauer
  • ERC project Soft-Map in the research *eu results magazine April 2017 N°61
  • Southwest Mechanics Lecture Series Spring 2017

Enjoy browsing through our project webpages!

Soft Matter Physics Division



Johannes Kepler University Linz
Altenberger Straße 69
4040 Linz


TN Tower, 10th floor

Office Hours

Mo-Fr: 08.00 - 12.00
Mo-Th: 13.00 - 17.00


+43 732 2468 9762


Thesis Topics

In memoriam
Siegfried Bauer