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Soft Electronic Materials and Devices Enabled by Additive Manufacturing

Location

Materials & Manufacturing, RX/Soft Matter Materials

RO# Location
13.25.04.C0097 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337817

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Berrigan, Dan john.berrigan.1@us.af.mil 937.255.1503

Description

Additive manufacturing offers an opportunity to intimately blend structural design with electronic function.[1,2] The primary focus of our research is to develop materials, processing and modeling tools that allow us to create soft, electronic devices in geometries specifically enabled by additive manufacturing techniques. Of particular interest are flexible materials for sensing, actuation, and embedded power compatible with 3D direct write extrusion and do not introduce rigid components into the design. Extensive additive manufacturing facilities, materials characterization, and finite-element numerical modeling capabilities are available in-house for hands-on experimental and model-based development. Opportunities exist for a postdoctoral applicant interested in the design and manufacturing of soft electronic components.

[1] Valentine, A. D., T. A. Busbee, J. W. Boley, J. R. Raney, A. Chortos, A. Kotikian, J. D. Berrigan, M. F. Durstock, and J. A. Lewis. 2017. “Hybrid 3D Printing of Soft Electronics.” Advanced Materials.

[2] ladman, A. S., E. A. Matsumoto, R. G. Nuzzo, L. Mahadevan, and J. A. Lewis. 2016. “Biomimetic 4D Printing.” Nature Materials 15: 413-419.

Keywords:
additive manufacturing; soft robotics; biomimetics; flexible; electronics; 3D printing; bioinspired; hierarchical; self-assembly

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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