Thursday 22 May 2014: Building Porous Structures
Professor Eduardo Saiz Gutierrez - Imperial College, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Materials
HAR/170 (3D Visualisation Suite) 14:00-15:00
The development of modern technologies, from tissue engineering to catalysis or energy storage, requires novel lightweight structures combining porosity with optimum mechanical and functional response. This demand is driving the development of new manufacturing techniques to build materials with complex shapes. Ideally, these techniques should be flexible, remain low-cost and enable high-volume fabrication of a variety of materials. In this way we will present several approaches for the assembly of porous structures based on the use of soft and hard templates. We will give examples for different materials (ceramics, graphene...) and discuss the advantages and limitations of each technique.