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ECE Colloquium Series – Professor Michael McAlpine
March 30 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
As part of the *Eleanore Hale Wilson Lecture Series, ECE is proud to present:
3D Printing Functional Materials and Devices
Professor Michael McAlpine
University of Minnesota
Hosts: Professor Sang-Hyun Oh and Professor Mo Li
The development of methods for interfacing high performance functional devices with biology could impact regenerative medicine, smart prosthetics, and human-machine interfaces. Indeed, the ability to three-dimensionally interweave biological and functional materials could enable the creation of devices possessing unique geometrics, properties, and functionalities. Yet, most high quality functional materials are two-dimensional, hard and brittle, and require high crystallization temperatures for maximal performance. These properties render the corresponding devices incompatible with biology, which is three-dimensional, soft, stretchable, and temperature sensitive. We overcome these dichotomies by: 1) using 3D printing and scanning for customized, interwoven, anatomically accurate device architectures; 2) employing nanotechnology as an enabling route for overcoming mechanical discrepancies while retaining high performance; and 3) 3D printing a range of soft and nanoscale materials to enable the integration of a diverse palette of high quality functional nanomaterials with biology. 3D printing is a multi-scale platform, allowing for the incorporation of functional nanoscale inks, the printing of microscale features, and ultimately the creation of macroscale devices. This three-dimensional blending of functional materials and ’living’ platforms may enable next-generation 3D printed devices.
Michael C. McAlpine is the Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University (2008-2015). He received a B.S. in Chemistry with honors from Brown University (2000) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University (2006). His research is focused on 3D printing functional materials and devices, including the three-dimensional interweaving of biological and electronic materials using 3D printing. He has received a number of awards, including the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, a TR35 Young Innovator Award, an Air Force Young Investigator Award, the Intelligence Community Young Investigator Award, a DuPont Young Investigator Award, a National Academy of Sciences Frontiers Fellow, a DARPA Young Faculty Award, an American Asthma Foundation Early Excellence Award, a Graduate Student Mentoring Award, the Extreme Mechanics Letters Young Lecturer, and an invitation to the National Academy of Engineering Frontiers in Engineering.
*Established in 2009, the Eleanore Hale Wilson Fund supports engineering field leaders for travel to Minnesota to share their expertise and discoveries with University of Minnesota graduate students, faculty, and alumni. The fund also supports the receptions held in honor of each speaker.