Nina Welding | November 13, 2019
The explosive growth of additive manufacturing, traditionally equated with 3-D printing, has created infinite possibilities for rapid prototyping and large-scale manufacturing of products that are difficult to make using conventional approaches. “Everything from intricate structural parts to devices such as energy harvesters, sensors, and wearables is conceivable and within reach,” said Yanliang Zhang, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. Zhang’s work on additive manufacturing for functional materials and devices was featured in a recent themed issue of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A titled Emerging Investigators 2019.
The researchers highlighted in the journal are already making an impact in materials for energy and sustainability. Colloidal Nanoparticle Inks for Printing Functional Devices: Emerging Trends and Future Prospects, written by Zhang and Minxiang Zeng, postdoctoral research associate in aerospace and mechanical engineering, presents their take on new trends and prospects for additive manufacturing based on nanoparticle inks. It discusses four interconnected areas that need to be addressed to transform nanomaterials into next-generation technologies in a scalable and economic fashion: nanoparticle synthesis, ink formulation, printing methods and device applications.
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