Alex Chortos

Alex Chortos

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

School of Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University
585 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088

Office: WANG 4044

Phone: 6507990093



  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, 2020
  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 2017
  • B.A.Sc., University of Waterloo, 2011

Research Interests

  • Bio-inspired and mechanically adaptive electronics
  • Multimaterial additive fabrication
  • Soft actuators (artificial muscles)
  • Wearable actuators (haptics)
  • Polymer design and polymer physics
  • Deformation sensors and transistors

Selected Publications

Chortos et al, 3D printing of interdigitated dielectric elastomer actuators, Advanced Functional Materials, 30:1907375, 2020.

Kim*, Chortos*, Wu*, et al, A bioinspired flexible organic artificial afferent nerve, Science, 360:998, 2018.

Zhu, Chortos et al, Stretchable temperature-sensing ciruits with strain suppression based on carbon nanotube transistors, Nature Electronics, 1:314, 2018.

Chortos et al, Investigating limiting factors in stretchable all-carbon transistors for reliable stretchable electronics, ACS Nano, 11:7925, 2017.

Chortos, Liu, and Bao, Pursuing prosthetic electronic skin, Nature Materials, 15:937, 2016.

Chortos et al, Mechanically durable and highly stretchable transistors employing carbon nanotube semiconductor and electrodes, Advanced Materials, 28:4441, 2016.

Tee*, Chortos*, Berndt*, et al, A skin-inspired organic digital mechanoreceptor, Science, 350:313, 2015.

Pan*, Chortos*, et al, An ultra-sensitive resistive pressure sensor based on hollow-sphere microstructure induced elasticity in conducting polymer film, Nature Communications, 5:1, 2014.

Hammock*, Chortos* et al, 25th anniversary article: the evolution of electronic skin (e-skin): a brief history, design considerations, and recent progress, Advanced Materials, 25:5997, 2013.