My research focuses on the development of additive manufacturing techniques for the realization of microsensors, actuators, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Additive manufacturing is an emerging field of research where, as the name implies, material is selectively added to form the final structure. A popular form of additive manufacturing is 3D printing. The most common 3D printer is a fused deposition modeling (FDM) system that adds successive layers of molten plastic together to form a three dimensional structure.

In my research, I presently focus on the use of metal nanoparticle based inks, which allows for the direct writing of conductive metal structures at relatively low temperatures. This is an exciting technology as it will allow for sensors and circuits to be printed on low-cost materials such as plastic, paper, or fabric. However, in order to realize high quality devices, a better understanding of the nanomaterials and their resulting characteristics after processing is required to enable engineers to use the material to design advanced structures.

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