Strechable Electronics
Flexible Sensorics
Printable Electronics
Rolled-up Sensors
Magnetic Flow Cytometry
Magnetic Flow Cytometry

Recent Publications

S. Li, P. Cao, Fali Li, W. Asghar, Y. Wu, H. Xiao, Y. Liu, Y. Zhou, H. Yang, Y. Zhang, J. Shang, D. Makarov, and R.-W. Li
Self-powered Stretchable Strain Sensors for Motion Monitoring and Wireless Contrl
Nano Energy 92, 106754 (2022). URL
D. D. Sheka, O. V. Pylypovskyi, O. M. Volkov, K. V. Yershov, V. P. Kravchuk, and D. Makarov
Fundamentals of Curvilinear Ferromagnetism: Statics and Dynamics of Geometrically Curved Wires and Narrow Ribbons
Small 18, 2105219 (2022). URL PDF
D. Makarov
Topological magnetic field textures
Nature Nanotechnology (News & Views) 17, 109 (2022). URL
D. Makarov, O. M. Volkov, A. Kákay, O. V. Pylypovskyi, B. Budinská, and O. V. Dobrovlskiy
New Dimension in Magnetism and Superconductivity: 3D and Curvilinear Nanoarchitectures
Adv. Mater. 34, 2101758 (2022). URL PDF
D. Makarov
Energy supply from magnetoelastic composites
Nature Materials (News & Views) 20, 1589 (2021). URL
G. Napoli, O. V. Pylypovskyi, D. D. Sheka, and L. Vergoli
Nematic shells: new insights in topology- and curvature-induced effects
Soft Matter, 17, 10322-10333 (2021). URL PDF
J. Mystkowska, A. Powojska, D. Lysik, J. Nieweglowska, G. S. Cañón Bermúdez, A. Mystkowski, and D. Makarov
The Effect of Physiological Incubation on the Properties of Elastic Magnetic Composites for Soft Biomedical Sensors
Sensors 21, 7122 (2021). URL PDF
S. Chae, W. J. Choi, I. Fotev, E. Bittrich, P. Uhlmann, M. Schubert, D. Makarov, J. Wagner, A. Pashkin, and A. Fery
Stretchable Thin Film Mechanical-Strain-Gated Switches and Logic Gate Functions Based on a Soft Tunneling Barrier
Adv. Mater. 33, 2104769 (2021). URL PDF

There is a trend in electronics towards becoming shapeable (flexible, stretchable or printable), which allows electronic components to be arbitrarily reshaped after fabrication. This unique feature offers new unexplored functionalities for the markets of consumer electronics and eMobility. Shapeable electronics and optoelectronics have been developed already for a few years.

Very recently, we added a new member to this family - the shapeable magnetic sensorics, which pave the way towards the development of a unique class of devices with important functionality being not only shapeable and fast, but also with the ability to react and respond to a magnetic field. Shapeable magnetic sensor devices could enable the fabrication of, e.g. health monitoring systems, where large-angle folding of the micrometer-sized functional elements is a crucial prerequisite for a successful implementation.

In the ERC project SMaRT we aim to develop shapeable magnetoelectronics to the industry-ready product and integrate these magnetic field sensorics into flexible large area multifunctional devices consisting of flexible batteries, communication modules and different types of sensing elements, e.g. environmental, chemical, temperature.

Recent Highlights

06/2021Paper featured as a back cover page of Advanced Functional Materials
Our paper on the realization of flexible magnetoreceptors with tunable intrinsic logic for on-skin touchless human-machine interfaces is highlighted with a back cover page of Advanced Functional Materials.

Artificial magnetoception, i.e., electronically expanding human perception to detect magnetic fields, is a new and yet unexplored way for interacting with our surroundings. Here, we present skin-compliant touchless interactive devices based on spin-valves with out-of-plane sensitivity to magnetic fields. These devices reveal tunable logic characteristics, as needed for intuitive, energy efficient and insensitive to external magnetic disturbances magnetoreceptive human-machine interfaces.

This work is a result of a fruitful cooperation between the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Università Politecnica delle Marche (group of Prof. Gianni Barucca), Politecnico di Milano (group of Prof. Christian Rinaldi), University of Augsburg (group of Prof. Manfred Albrecht), and CNR Istituto di Struttura della Materia (group of Dr. Gaspare Varvaro).

P. Makushko, E. S. Oliveros Mata, G. S. Cañón Bermúdez, M. Hassan, S. Laureti, C. Rinaldi, F. Fagiani, G. Barucca, N. Schmidt, Y. Zabila, T. Kosub, R. Illing, O. Volkov, I. Vladymyrskyi, J. Fassbender, M. Albrecht, G. Varvaro, and D. Makarov
Flexible magnetoreceptor with tunable intrinsic logic for on-skin touchless human-machine interfaces
Adv. Funct. Mater. 31, 2101089 (2021). URL PDF

06/2021Paper featured as a cover page of Advanced Materials
Our paper on the realization of reconfigurable magnetic origami actuators with on-board sensing is highlighted with a cover page of Advanced Materials.

We report on magnetic origami actuators equipped with highly flexible magnetic field sensors allowing to monitor the shape of the actuator and detect its magnetization state. The on-board magnetic field sensors enable feedback controls and guided assembly. These actuators are based on composite films of ferromagnetic microparticles embedded in shape-memory polymer films. Photothermal heating from light and applied magnetic fields enable on-demand reconfigurability.

This work is a result of a fruitful cooperation between the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf e.V., Elon University (Prof. Benjamin A. Evans) and North Carolina State University (group of Prof. Joseph B. Tracy).

M. Ha, G. S. Cañón Bermúdez, J. A.-C. Liu, E. S. Oliveros Mata, B. A. Evans, J. B. Tracy, and D. Makarov
Reconfigurable magnetic origami actuators with on-board sensing for guided assembly
Adv. Mater. 33, 2008751 (2021). URL PDF

03/2021Paper featured with a frontispiece of Advanced Materials
Highly compliant electronics, naturally conforming to human skin, represent a paradigm shift in the interplay with our surroundings. Solution-processable printing technologies are yet to be developed to comply with extreme requirements to mechanical conformability of on-skin appliances. Here, we demonstrate the first highly-compliant, printable and stretchable giant magnetoresistive (GMR) sensors capable of detection in low magnetic field and sustaining high-performance magneto-resistive sensing under extreme mechanical deformation of up to 16 µm of bending radii and 100% of stretching state. These printable giant magnetoresistive sensors exhibit 2 orders of magnitude boost in sensitivity to small magnetic field (0.88 mT) with excellent mechanical compliance in comparison with state-of-the-art printable magnetic field sensors. We feature the potential of our highly-compliant and printable magnetoresistive sensors in augmented reality settings, where sensor-functionalized fingers conducts remote and touchless controls of virtual objects manageable for scrolling electronic documents and zooming maps under tiny permanent magnet.

M. Ha, G. S. Cañón Bermúdez, T. Kosub, I. Mönch, Y. Zabila, E. S. Oliveros Mata, R. Illing, Y. Wang, J. Fassbender, and D. Makarov
Printable and Stretchable Giant Magnetoresistive Sensors for Highly Compliant and Skin-Conformal Electronics
Adv. Mater. 33, 2005521 (2021). URL PDF