Wulff Lecture, April 9, Prof. Jennifer A. Lewis

Fri, 03/29/2013 - 11:17

Professor Jennifer A. Lewis ’91, an MIT alumna currently doing research at Harvard, presented this spring’s Wulff Lecture, “Printing Functional Materials.” Her presentation covered advances in 3D printing technology and their applications. The Wulff Lecture is designed to introduce the general public and MIT undergraduates to the field of materials science.

We are very pleased that Professor Jennifer A. Lewis, ScD ’91, will present this semester's Wulff Lecture. Professor Lewis is now a faculty member in the Wyss Institute of Biologically Inspired Engineering in Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. 

Printing Functional MaterialsLewis research images

Tuesday, April 9
4:00 p.m.
Room 26-100
Reception to follow

Jennifer A. Lewis
Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Harvard University

The ability to pattern functional materials in planar and three-dimensional forms is of critical importance for several emerging applications, including printed electronics, self-healing materials, and tissue engineering scaffolds. 3D printing enables one to rapidly design and fabricate materials in arbitrary shapes without the need for expensive tooling, dies, or lithographic masks. In this talk, I will describe the design and rheological properties of model and functional inks as well as their implementation in 3D printing of (1) microelectrodes for pen-on-paper electronics, flexible photovoltaics, and electrically small antennas, (2) hydrogel matrices with embedded microvascularization and (3) 3D hydrogel scaffolds for tissue engineering.  Finally, recent advances in high throughput printing of materials via multinozzle arrays will be highlighted. 

Jennifer A. Lewis recently joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.  Her research group focuses on the directed assembly of soft functional materials. Her work has resulted in more than 120 papers and 8 patents. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Soft Matter and Advanced Functional Materials. She is the recipient of the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (1994), the Brunaeur Award from the American Ceramic Society (2003), and the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society (2009), and the MRS Medal Award (2012).  She is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society (2005), the American Physical Society (2007), the Materials Research Society (2011), and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012).