Jen-Yu’s paper on Three-Dimensional Printing of Hierarchical Porous Architectures

Congratulations to Jen-Yu Huang and all co-authors on the paper “Three-Dimensional Printing of Hierarchical Porous Architectures”¬† which will be published in Chemistry of Materials; https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.chemmater.9b02761

Porous materials are notoriously difficult to process, so synthetic materials are mostly in the form of powder but generally lack mesoscale structure much less processability into complex device architectures. Natural systems, on the other hand, a replete with complex hierarchical and multifunctional structures. Inspired by the beautifully complex hierarchical structures found in nature, we sought to create analogous programmable materials from inorganic building blocks. The work described in the enclosed manuscript illustrates the rich opportunity space that opened up at the intersection from recent concurrent advances in (digital) additive manufacturing and nanostructured material building blocks. We show, for the first time, that three-dimensional hierarchical materials can be printed into porous structured based on oxozirconium methacrylate cluster building blocks. This work demarks a significant step forward in creating hierarchical porous structures with control over complex macroscopic structure as well as controlled pore size distribution. The advances towards programmable porous materials reported in this manuscript have important implications for a broad range of emerging technologies spanning microfluidic bioseparation and programmable multiphase flow through porous structures.

Congratulations to Jen-Yu and all co-authors!

Summer REU student

Kaylee Dunnigan from the NYU Tandon School of Engineering joins us for this summer as a CCMR REU student. Welcome in the group!
More information on teh program: https://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/education/graduate-and-undergraduate-programs/research-experience-for-undergraduates-reu/

Congratulations to Tobias

Tobias has been promoted to Full professor. The decision is based on reviews of students, colleagues and international peers, and highlights his commitment to teaching, mentoring, motivating students and redesigning educational approaches. We, the lab members couldn’t agree more. Congratulations!