Self-healing soft robotics

Brubotics joined forces with FYSC ( to develop self-healing soft robots. While FYSC develops new building blocks for intrinsic autonomous and non-autonomous self-healing polymers, Brubotics validates this technology experimentally in several soft robotic demonstrators.

The line of research is very broad, ranging from the synthesis of new materials with or without fillers for additional functionality over the development of different processing techniques to the fabrication of autonomous self-healing soft robots with embedded self-healing sensors and heaters.

Soft robots are typically prone to damage and have thus a short lifetime. Moreover, they are often not reprocessable, nor recyclable. Thanks to this self-healing property, these robots can recover from scratches and damage, thereby overcoming this major issue.



prof. dr ir. Bram Vanderborght
+32 486 52 29 62
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Elsene




Key Publications

Terryn, S., Brancart, J., Lefeber, D., Van Assche, G., & Vanderborght, B. (2017). Self-healing soft pneumatic robots. Science Robotics, 2(9).

Roels, E., Terryn, S., Brancart, J., Verhelle, R., Van Assche, G., & Vanderborght, B. (2020). Additive manufacturing for self-healing soft robots. Soft robotics, 7(6), 711-723.

Terryn, S., Brancart, J., Roels, E., Van Assche, G., & Vanderborght, B. (2020). Room Temperature Self-Healing in Soft Pneumatic Robotics: Autonomous Self-Healing in a Diels-Alder Polymer

Terryn, S., Langenbach, J., Roels, E., Brancart, J., Bakkali-Hassani, C., Poutrel, Q. A., ... & Vanderborght, B. (2021). A review on self-healing polymers for soft robotics. Materials Today.


Our main projects and funders
- FWO Flanders (
- EU Marie Curie ITN SMART (

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