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Geoff Spinks

Geoffrey Spinks is currently Senior Professor at the University of Wollongong and Director of UOW Makerspace. His research interests focus on the development and application of materials for artificial muscles, mechanical sensors and energy harvesting.

The double helix of DNA is one of the most iconic symbols in science. By imitating the structure of this complex genetic molecule we have found a way to make artificial muscle fibres far more powerful than those found in nature, with potential applications in many kinds of miniature machinery such as prosthetic hands and dextrous robotic devices.