Walter Voit is an Associate Professor of Mecanical Engineering. He was a member of UTD's inaugural class of Eugene McDermott scholars in 2001 and finished his academic training with a PhD from Georgia Tech. He returned to UTD in 2010 as a member of the faculty. His research interests include:

  • Shape memory polymers
  • Polymer manufacturing
  • Ionizing radiation
  • Thermomechanical properties
  • Biopolymer mechanics
He also serves as the head of the Advanced Polymer Research Laboratory.

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Recent Submissions

  • Electrical Properties of Thiol-ene-Based Shape Memory Polymers Intended For Flexible Electronics 

    Frewin, Christopher L.; Ecker, Melanie; Joshi-Imre, Alexandra; Kamgue, Jonathan; Waddell, Jeanneane; Danda, Vindhya Reddy; Stiller, Alison M.; Voit, Walter E.; Pancrazio, Joseph J. (MDPI AG, 2019-05-17)
    Thiol-ene/acrylate-based shape memory polymers (SMPs) with tunable mechanical and thermomechanical properties are promising substrate materials for flexible electronics applications. These UV-curable polymer compositions ...
  • Mechanical Simplification of Variable-Stiffness Actuators Using Dielectric Elastomer Transducers 

    Allen, David P.; Bolívar, Edgar; Farmer, Sophie; Voit, Walter E.; Gregg, Robert D. (MDPI AG, 2019-05-20)
    Legged and gait-assistance robots can walk more efficiently if their actuators are compliant. The adjustable compliance of variable-stiffness actuators (VSAs) can enhance this benefit. However, this functionality requires ...
  • Conformal Electrode Arrays to Enable in Vivo Recordings of the Enteric Nervous System 

    Ecker, Melanie; Guerrero, Edgar; Flores, Pedro Emanuel Roca; Voit, Walter E.
    Statement of Purpose: The enteric nervous system (ENS) has the largest population of neurons in the peripheral nervous system, but it is not well understood and is less investigated than the central nervous system. Most ...
  • Environmental Dynamic Mechanical Analysis to Predict the Softening Behavior of Neural Implants 

    Hosseini, Seyed Mahmoud; Voit, Walter E.; Ecker, Melanie
    When using dynamically softening substrates for neural implants, it is important to have a reliable in vitro method to characterize the softening behavior of these materials. In the past, it has not been possible to ...
  • Solution-Processed Oxide Thin Film Transistors on Shape Memory Polymer Enabled by Photochemical Self-Patterning 

    Daunis, Trey B.; Barrera, Diego; Gutierrez-Heredia, Gerado; Rodriguez-Lopez, Ovidio; Wang, Jian; Voit, Walter E.; Hsu, Julia W. P.
    Solution-processed metal oxide electronics on flexible substrates can enable applications from military to health care. Due to limited thermal budgets and mismatched coefficients of thermal expansion between oxides and ...
  • Chronic Softening Spinal Cord Stimulation Arrays 

    Garcia-Sandoval, Aldo; Pal, A.; Mishra, A. M.; Sherman, Sydney; Parikh, Ankit R.; Joshi-Imre, Alexandria; Arreaga-Salas, David; Gutierrez-Heredia, Gerardo; Duran-Martinez, Adriana C.; Nathan, J.; Hosseini, Seyed Mahmoud; Carmel, J. B.; Voit, Walter E.
    Objective. We sought to develop a cervical spinal cord stimulator for the rat that is durable, stable, and does not perturb the underlying spinal cord. Approach. We created a softening spinal cord stimulation (SCS) array ...
  • Effect of Annealing Atmosphere on IGZO Thin Film Transistors on a Deformable Softening Polymer Substrate 

    Gutierrez-Heredia, Gerado; Maeng, Jimin; Conde, J.; Rodriguez-Lopez, O.; Voit, Walter E.
    The effect of annealing atmosphere on indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (IGZO) thin film transistors (TFTs) fabricated on a deformable softening polymer substrate is presented in this work. Different annealing conditions - ambient, ...
  • A Mosquito Inspired Strategy to Implant Microprobes into the Brain 

    Shoffstall, Andrew J.; Srinivasan, Suraj; Willis, Mitchell; Stiller, Allison M.; Ecker, Melanie; Voit, Walter E.; Pancrazio, Joseph J.; Capadona, Jeffrey R. (Nature Publishing Group, 2018-11-05)
    Mosquitos are among the deadliest insects on the planet due to their ability to transmit diseases like malaria through their bite. In order to bite, a mosquito must insert a set of micro-sized needles through the skin to ...
  • Recent Advances in the Science and Engineering of Organic Light-Emitting Diodes 

    Kippelen, B.; Gaj, M. P.; Zhang, X.; Choi, S.; Fuentes-Hernandez, C.; Zhang, Y. D.; Barlow, S.; Marder, S. R.; Voit, Walter E.; Wei, Andrew
    In this talk, we will discuss recent advances in the science and engineering of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). First, we will focus on materials in which light emission involves the process of thermally activated ...
  • Top-Gate Organic Field-Effect Transistors Fabricated on Shape-Memory Polymer Substrates 

    Choi, Sangmoo; Fuentes-Hernandez, Canek; Wang, Cheng-Yin; Wei, Andrew; Voit, Walter E.; Zhang, Yadong; Barlow, Stephen; Marder, Seth R.; Kippelen, Bernard
    We demonstrate top-gate organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) with a bilayer gate dielectric and doped contacts fabricated on shape-memory polymer (SMP) substrates. SMPs exhibit large variations in Young's modulus ...