Event: Special Seminar: Mechanics-guided Deterministic 3D Assembly


October 30, 2019
3:45 PM - 4:45 AM


William Eckhardt Research Center (Rm 301B)


Dr. Yonggang Huang
Walter P. Murphy Professor of Engineering
Northwestern University

Complex three-dimensional (3D) structures in biology form naturally to provide essential functions in even the most basic forms of life. Compelling opportunities exist for analogous 3D architectures in human-made devices, but design options are constrained by existing capabilities in materials growth and assembly. We report routes to previously inaccessible classes of 3D constructs in advanced materials, including device-grade silicon. The schemes involve geometric transformation of 2D micro/nanostructures into extended 3D layouts by compressive buckling. Designs inspired by kirigami/origami, releasable multilayers and engineered substrates enable the formation of mesostructures with a broad variety of 3D geometries, either with hollow or dense distributions. Demonstrations include experimental and theoretical studies of more than 100 representative geometries, from single and multiple helices, toroids, and conical spirals to structures that resemble spherical baskets, cars, houses, cuboid cages, starbursts, flowers, scaffolds, each with single- and/or multiple-level configurations. Morphable 3D mesostructures whoese geometries can be elastically altered can be further achieved via nonlinear mechanical buckling, by deforming the elastomer platforms in different time sequences. Compatibility with the well-established technologies available in semiconductor industries suggests a broad range of application opportunities.

Host: Prof. Sihong Wang

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