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Special Seminar: Understanding Reactive Conversion of Polymers for Additive Manufacturing of Functional Materials



3:30pm - 4:30pm ET


Meeting ID: 913 9744 0830
Passcode: 645291

In this talk, I will discuss how additively-manufactured (3D-printed) polymers can be used as scaffolds, reactors, or reactants in subsequent materials transformations that yield architected materials such as hard carbons, ceramics, and metals. These conversion processes typically rely on heating polymeric parts in a reactive environment to drive material transformations that enable fabrication of high-value components. However, there remain gaps in our understanding of the fundamentals of how these reactions occur, as well as gaps in our ability to fabricate certain classes of materials.

My research aims to discover and understand novel polymer-based additive manufacturing processes to create precision materials that break paradigms of accessible material class. To do so, I leverage polymer chemistry, reaction conditions, and reactor design to develop useful materials conversion processes, and study the fundamentals that govern these processes. This fundamental understanding of novel manufacturing processes and reactive conversions can lead to breakthroughs in accessible materials that have applications from the biomedical to aerospace to energy field.

Hosted by Professor Laura Ray.

About the Speaker(s)

Max Saccone '17 Th'17
Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford

Max Saccone headshot

Max Saccone '17 Th'17 is a postdoctoral researcher in the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Radiology at Stanford University. He was a Resnick Graduate Fellow at Caltech, where he received his PhD in chemical engineering. Max received an AB/BE in engineering sciences from Dartmouth, where he was a Thayer Scholar and a Sonnerup Fellow. Max's work focuses on using 3D printed polymers as reactors or reactants in subsequent reactive conversions that yield architected functional materials ranging from metals to ceramics to battery materials. Max has been recognized as an American Chemical Society Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering Centennial Future Leader, a Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Student Awardee, and a Rising Star in Materials Science and Engineering by Carnegie Mellon University.


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