Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Research Fellow



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Majid Taghavi joined Imperial in August 2021 to establish his interdisciplinary research group on Soft Robotic Transducers within the Department of Bioengineering. His goal is to pioneer the next generation of artificial muscles with extended functionalities, ultimately creating monolithic soft robots for health applications. His approach involves advancing the material, structure and functionality of soft actuators, incorporating features such as variable stiffness, graded stiffness, self-sensing, self-powered, adaptability and shape-shifting to establish novel core technologies for future wearable, implantable and surgical robotics.

Prior to this role, Majid served as a postdoctoral researcher in SoftLab at the University of Bristol, where he introduced multiple artificial muscle technologies. Notably, he developed a new class of electric actuators with gigantic force amplification, the highest contraction among any actuation technologies (> 98%), and a power density equivalent to human muscle. Majid earned his PhD in BioRobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna with the highest honors, receiving the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) scholarship. During his doctoral studies, he delivered multiple electromechanical and bioelectrochemical energy harvesting and self-powered sensing technologies from nano to macro scales.

Research interests:

  • Soft Transducers (actuators, sensors, energy harvesting)
  • Bifunctional transducers (e.g. proprioceptive artificial muscles, self-powered sensors)
  • Soft Robots (e.g. wearable, implantable and surgical robots)
  • Smart materials and intelligent structures (e.g. variable stiffness, graded stiffness) 

Open positions:

Visit the Soft Robotic Transducer Lab for open positions

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Diteesawat RS, Helps T, Taghavi M, et al., 2021, Electro-pneumatic pumps for soft robotics, Science Robotics, Vol:6, ISSN:2470-9476

Helps T, Taghavi M, Wang S, et al., 2020, Twisted Rubber Variable-Stiffness Artificial Muscles, Soft Robotics, Vol:7, ISSN:2169-5172, Pages:386-395

Helps T, Taghavi M, Rossiter J, 2019, Thermoplastic electroactive gels for 3D-printable artificial muscles, Smart Materials and Structures, Vol:28, ISSN:0964-1726

Taghavi M, Helps T, Rossiter J, 2018, Electro-ribbon actuators and electro-origami robots, Science Robotics, Vol:3, ISSN:2470-9476

Taghavi M, Helps T, Huang B, et al., 2018, 3D-Printed Ready-To-Use Variable-Stiffness Structures, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol:3, ISSN:2377-3766, Pages:2402-2407

Taghavi M, Stinchcombe A, Greenman J, et al., 2016, Self sufficient wireless transmitter powered by foot-pumped urine operating wearable MFC, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Vol:11, ISSN:1748-3182

Taghavi M, Beccai L, 2015, A contact-key triboelectric nanogenerator: Theoretical and experimental study on motion speed influence, Nano Energy, Vol:18, ISSN:2211-2855, Pages:283-292

Taghavi M, Sadeghi A, Mondini A, et al., 2015, Triboelectric smart machine elements and self-powered encoder, Nano Energy, Vol:13, ISSN:2211-2855, Pages:92-102

Taghavi M, Sadeghi A, Mazzolai B, et al., 2014, Triboelectric-based harvesting of gas flow energy and powerless sensing applications, Applied Surface Science, Vol:323, ISSN:0169-4332, Pages:82-87

Taghavi M, Greenman J, Beccai L, et al., 2014, High-Performance, Totally Flexible, Tubular Microbial Fuel Cell, Chemelectrochem, Vol:1, ISSN:2196-0216, Pages:1994-1999

Taghavi M, Mattoli V, Sadeghi A, et al., 2014, A Novel Soft Metal-Polymer Composite for Multidirectional Pressure Energy Harvesting, Advanced Energy Materials, Vol:4, ISSN:1614-6832

Taghavi M, Mattoli V, Mazzolai B, et al., 2013, Synthesizing tubular and trapezoidal shaped ZnO nanowires by an aqueous solution method, Nanoscale, Vol:5, ISSN:2040-3364, Pages:3505-3513

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