The Brumley D. Pritchett Lecture Series - Professor Jennifer A. Lewis - Harvard

MSE Seminar
Event Date:
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Marcus Nanotechnology Bldg. Room 1117-1118

3D Printing of Functional and Biological Materials

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. 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 how we have created multiple functional and biological inks and demonstrated their use in 3D printing of electronics, sensors, batteries, and vascularized tissues. 


Biographical Sketch

Jennifer A. Lewis joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in 2013. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, she served as the Director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory and the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research, which focuses on directed assembly of functional and biological materials, was highlighted as one of the “10 Breakthrough Technologies” by the MIT Technology Review in 2014. She recently co-founded two companies to commercialize technology from her lab.

Lewis 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). She serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Advanced Materials, Advanced Functional Materials and Soft Matter

 Host: Karl Jacob