About the lab

   The research of our group focuses on studying how material forming processes existing in nature can be utilized to enable next-generation additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Our current research topics include:

  • Next-generation AM technology development. We learn from nature to develop next-generation AM technologies, which feature multi-material, multi-scale, ultra-fast speed, energy-efficient, etc.
  • AM Process modeling, quality control and optimization. We use experimental and theoretical techniques to advance the understanding of fundamental physics behind nature-inspired AM processes and achieve performance-driven process control.
  • Novel applications of new AM technologies. We utilize the unique capabilities of our AM technologies to create game-changing devices for various applications, such as tissue engineering, sensing, energy harvest, robots, etc.

  • Recent Publications

  • Yang, Y., Song,X., Li, X., Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Zhou, Q., Chen, Y., 2018. "Recent Progress in Biomimetic Additive Manufacturing Technology: From Materials to Functional Structures". Advanced Materials.
  • He, L., Song, X., 2017. "Supportability of a High-Yield-Stress Slurry in A New Stereolithography-based Ceramic Fabrication". JOM.
  • Ji, Y.Z., Wang, Z., Wang, B., Chen, Y., Zhang, T., Chen, L.Q., Song, X. and Chen, L., 2017. "Effect of Meso-Scale Geometry on Piezoelectric Performances of Additively Manufactured Flexible Polymer-Pb(ZrxTi1-x)O3 Composites". Advanced Engineering Materials.
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    Aug 2018: Xuan (lead PI) received NSF grant.

    June 2018: Xuan (PI) received IPRC Pilot grant.

    April 2018: Fan and Wenbo won the Graduate Best Poster Award.

    Jan 2018: Xuan received 2018 Old Gold Summer Award.

    Feb 2017: A blind student robot project including assistance from Xuan reported by CBS2/FOX28.

    Nov 2016: Xuan received Pilot Project Seed Grant from OVPR/CMRF.