AMT Seminar: Fabrication of architectured composite materials
Seminar Series in Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies
Dr. Kunal Masania, Complex Materials Group, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
It is a pleasure to introduce the seminar series in aerospace manufacturing technologies, presenting invited speakers with selected topics in the field of novel manufacturing processes. For the first edition, I am glad to present my former colleague Dr. Kunal Masania , now at ETH Zurich, giving an insight in his research on fabrication of architectured composite materials. His work on 3D printing of liquid crystal polymers has recently been featured in Nature (S. Gantenbein, K. Masania, W. Woigk, J. P. W. Sesseg, T. A. Tervoort, and A. R. Studart, "Three-dimensional printing of hierarchical liquid-crystal-polymer structures," Nature, vol. 561, no. 7722, pp. 226-230, 2018).
About his talk:
My research focuses on the development of architectured composites with inspiration from the natural world. As an example, the self-assembly of liquid crystalline polymers with directed assembly of three-dimensional printing to create recyclable composites that outperform all printed polymers by an order of magnitude and rival high-performance composite materials. Following this philosophy, we develop and model spatially distributed, function specific, properties optimised for stiffness, strength, toughness or multi-functionality at multiple hierarchies. By utilizing straightforward approaches of bottom up self-assembly to achieving microstructure control and top down shaping of 3D printing, the materials and designs are readily scalable for applications
About the speaker:
Kunal Masania is senior scientist in the Complex Materials lab, Department of Materials, ETH Zürich. He obtained his PhD in fracture mechanics of multiscale composites from Imperial College London, UK in 2010. In 2011 he joined the FHNW University of Applied Sciences an Arts Northwestern Switzerland, to develop innovative manufacturing of new high-performance materials at the industrial scale. Since 2015, in the Complex Materials lab, his research focuses on the development hierarchical structured materials with inspiration from the natural world. Using 3D printing to structure self-assembling materials across multiple length scales, he is interested in the roles of anisotropy and porosity within lightweight structural design. With over 100 publications and conference papers, is work has been recognized various prizes to his research such as the MaP Career Seed from the ETH Foundation as well as industrial recognition such as a JEC Award.
I look forward seeing you.
Professor of Aerospace Manufacturing Technologies