Jennifer A. Lewis, Harvard University
Printing Soft Matter in Three Dimensions

Three-dimensional printing enables one to rapidly design and fabricate materials in arbitrary shapes on demand.  I will introduce the fundamental principles that underpin both droplet- and filamentary printing methods.  I will then describe the development of new functional, structural and biological inks as well as printhead designs that are vastly expanding the capabilities of 3D printing.  Finally, I will highlight several examples from our recent work, including the fabrication and characterization of autonomous matter, lightweight architectures and vascularized human tissues.

About Jennifer A. Lewis

Jennifer A. Lewis joined the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in 2013.  Prior to joining Harvard, she was a professor and served as Director of the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois. 

She has received numerous awards, including the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, the Langmuir Lecture Award from the American Chemical Society, the MRS Medal, and the Sosman Award from The American Ceramic Society. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Her work on microscale 3D printing was highlighted as one of the “10 Breakthrough Technologies” by the MIT Technology Review, while her bioprinting research was named “one of the top 100 science stories” by Discover Magazine. She has co-founded two companies that are commercializing technology from her lab.