Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mechanical Engineering. 2006.
S.M. Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mechanical Engineering. 2002.
B.S.E. University of Michigan. Mechanical Engineering. 2000.
We aim to create new manufacturing technologies for micro- and nanoscale materials and devices, and for their assembly and integration at larger scales. Applications of our work include new and improved manufacturing tools, microsystems, lightweight structures, electronic materials, energy storage systems, medical devices, and biochemical sensors. We seek to transition our results to industry and eventually to the marketplace, to do well-informed and comprehensive work, and to build lasting knowledge along the way.
To make this possible, we seek five key strengths in our research: mastering the fundamentals of nanoscale materials synthesis and processing; designing and building new laboratory instruments for process discovery and optimization; inventing creative machines and methods for scalable manufacturing; combining analytical modeling with precision measurements; and having a keen vision of how new materials and manufacturing technologies can result in disruptive value propositions. Further, we recognize that public awareness and understanding of the widespread benefits, implications, and potential risks of new technologies is essential for commercialization and widespread adoption. We communicate our work to broad audiences via frequent courses, workshops, and presentations at conferences spanning across disciplines of science, engineering, architecture, and art.
S. Tawfick, M. De Volder, D. Copic, S. Park, E.S. Polsen, C.R. Oliver, M.J. Roberts, A.J. Hart. Engineering of micro- and nanostructured surfaces with anisotropic geometries and properties. Advanced Materials. 24:1628–1674, 2012.
E.R. Meshot, K. Patel, S. Tawfick, K.A. Juggernauth, M. Bedewy, E.A. Verploegen, M. De Volder, A.J. Hart. Photoconductive hybrid films via directional self-assembly of C60 on aligned carbon nanotubes. Advanced Functional Materials 22(3):577-584, 2012.
J. Beroz, M. Bedewy, M. Reinker, V. Chhajer, S. Awtar, A.J. Hart. Four degree of freedom liquid dispenser for direct-write capillary self-assembly with sub-nanoliter precision. Review of Scientific Instruments 83:015104, 2012.
S. Saha, D. Copic, S. Bhaskar, N. Clay, A. Donini, A.J. Hart, J. Lahann. Chemically controlled bending of compositionally anisotropic microcylinders. Angewandte Chemie 51(3):660-665, 2012.
M. Bedewy, E.R. Meshot, M.J. Reinker, A.J. Hart. Population growth dynamics of carbon nanotubes. ACS Nano 5(11):8974-8989, 2011.
M. De Volder, S. Tawfick, D. Copic, A.J. Hart. Hydrogel-driven carbon nanotube microtransducers. Soft Matter 7:9844-9847, 2011.