Academic Division: Mechanics, Materials and Design
Research group: Biomechanics
My major research topic is to fabricate fibre-based electronic device for the purpose of soft electronic textile, and this involves using a combination of advanced additive manufacturing methods.
Textiles possessing electrical functions are referred as electronic textile, and are believed to change the textile industrial by integrating the functionalities between electronics and common fabric products. Nano and micro -fibres embedded with electronic functions are basic components for fibre-based electronics, which can be woven into electronic textile. My proposed research focuses on developing high-performance fibre-based electronics using a combination of advanced additive manufacturing methods, and novel functional electronic textile assemblies. My study is expected to gain new scientific understanding in the performance of fibre electronics, simultaneously generating tangible outcomes for translating fibre electronic devices into practical products. In order to fabricate fibre-based electronics composed of multiple materials with vast difference in mechanical, thermal and electrical properties, the new manufacturing platform should integrate novel processes for producing various sub-components in different scales and for different purposes.
- Core-shell electrospinning to produce electronic active nano fibres.
- Multi-material 3D printing.
I acquired my Bachelor's degree of mechanical engineering from Tsinghua University (Beijing) in 2016, and then I started Ph.D. study at the University of Cambridge, focusing on biofabrication. My supervisor is Dr. Shery Huang.My current research focuses on improving the functionality of additive manufacturing methods to enlarge the applications of the final products, like soft electronics and biocompatible device.
The first research project I participated in was to improve the accuracy of processing method of turbine blades. I was responsible for reconstructing the turbine blade numerically on computer and predict the processing error, and I co-authored two articles under this project. Then I joined biomanufacturing center at Tsinghua University and soft material lab at UCSD to research stereolithography technology. I constructed a multi-material stereolithographic 3D printer by my own as my forth year undergraduate project.
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