Game-changing finding pushes 3-D printing to the molecular limit

phys.org | 6/19/2018 | Staff
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New University of Nottingham research proves that advanced materials containing molecules that switch states in response to environmental stimuli such as light can be fabricated using 3-D printing.

The study findings have the potential to vastly increase the functional capabilities of 3-D-printed devices for industries such as electronics, healthcare and quantum computing.

Research - Dr - Victor - Sans - Sangorrin

The research, led by Dr. Victor Sans Sangorrin from the Faculty of Engineering and Dr. Graham Newton from the School of Chemistry, is published in the academic journal, Advanced Materials.

"This bottom-up approach to device fabrication will push the boundaries of additive manufacturing like never before. Using a unique integrated design approach, we have demonstrated functional synergy between photochromic molecules and polymers in a fully 3-D-printed device. Our approach expands the toolbox of advanced materials available to engineers developing devices for real-world problems," explains Dr. Sans.

Concept - Team - Molecule - Changes

To demonstrate their concept, the team developed a photoactive molecule that changes...
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