UH Researcher Developing Smart Artificial Skin Inspired by Underwater Masters of


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The proposed research has won Yu a 2018 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (ONR YIP). He is among 31 scientists selected from more than 340 applicants.

The award comes with a three-year grant of $510,000 to use for Yu’s project, “Cephalopod inspired camouflage skins: Adaptive color changing, pattern tuning and texture morphing.” Yu, known for his work with stretchable semiconductors and electronics, was inspired to pursue this latest project during a visit to an aquarium.