We are an interdisciplinary research group in the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft.
Nature utilises hierarchy at multiple length scales to structure relatively weak building blocks into complex shapes with outstanding mechanical performance. Despite successful research aimed at implementing biological design principles in synthetic materials, man-made manufacturing technologies remain limited compared to the elegant directed self-assembly of living organisms to grow materials.
In our lab, we combine bottom up self-assembly with top-down shaping using additive manufacturing to generate lightweight structures with hierarchical architectures and interesting properties at application relevant scales. We like to look for ways to leverage shaping freedom to enhance performance and properties of interesting new materials.
We focus on three key areas:
We believe that addressing societal problems requires team-work, therefore we like to work with other research groups and industry of diverse backgrounds! Feel free to get in touch!