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Welcome to the
Additive Assembly Laboratory (AAL)

The growing demand for customized three-dimensional (3D) functional materials is driven by myriad applications. New advances in materials design, manufacturing, and multi-scale architectures are needed to meet these demands. As such, AAL focuses on understanding and harnessing the relationships between materials synthesis, assembly process, and multi-scale architecture in additive manufacturing (AM) to create new functional materials and devices.


For materials synthesis, we focus on creating AM compatible inks with new functional properties (e.g., electrical, optical, mechanical, and stimuli-responsive).



For assembly processes, we use established and innovative AM techniques that integrate directed and self-assembly to pattern features across multiple length scales.



Leveraging materials and processes, we design multi-scale architectures to achieve new functional materials and devices.

Our research is inherently interdisciplinary, combining aspects of fields such as materials science, thermal fluid science, design, mechatronics, and optimization. Current target applications include fully functioning systems in fields such as electronics, optics, sensors, and soft robotics.