Hierarchical Manufacturing Platform of Stimuli Responsive Polymers from Self Assembly to E-Skins with Prof. Hani Naguib

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

On Wednesday, February 24 from 1-2PM (Eastern Time), Professor Molly Shoichet will be hosting a one-hour virtual lecture followed by Q&A (2-3PM) with Professor Hani Naguib from the University of Toronto titled Hierarchical Manufacturing Platform of Stimuli Responsive Polymers from Self Assembly to E-Skins. Please see below for more information about the lecture and to RSVP to attend the event:

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Smart polymers, also known as stimuli responsive polymers, are drawing significant research attention due to their improved reliability, performance, flexibility and miniaturization compared to their traditional counterparts. Electroactive polymers (EAPs) and thermoactive polymers (TAPs) are classes of smart polymers that undergo deformation in response to electrical and thermal stimuli, respectively. The long-term objective of this research is to develop a hierarchical manufacturing platform for stimuli responsive polymers with tailored multi-functional behaviors. The proposed research aims to bridge the gap between the structure properties relationship of EAPs, TAPs and 1D and 2D nanoparticles and their manufacturing methodologies. This seminar presents the design of development of hierarchical platform of self-assembled and nanostructured polymers, 1D and 2D materials to achieve active and smart functionality that are capable of sensing, actuation, and energy management. Examples of stimuli responsive polymers used in this study are conducting polymers, shape-memory polymers, electro-thermal polymers and piezoresistive hybrids with main applications in smart skins, soft robotics and triboelectric nano energy devices.


Hani Naguib is a Professor at the University of Toronto, and director of the Toronto Institute for Advanced Manufacturing. His major expertise is in the area of advanced manufacturing of programmable materials including stimuli responsive materials, meta materials, and nanostructured materials. His research group focus on the development of new synthesis, micro and nanofabrication, and additive manufacturing techniques for these material systems. Naguib is the recipient of many honours and awards such as the Canada Research Chair, the Premier’s Early Research Award of Ontario, and the faculty Early Teaching Award. He is a Professional Engineer in Canada, a Chartered Engineer in U.K. Naguib is a Fellow of: the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining IOM3, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME, the International Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE, the Society of Plastics Engineers SPE, and the Canadian Society of Mechanical Engineers CSME. He is the editor in chief of the journal of Polymers from Renewable Resources and associate editor for the journal of Smart Materials and Structures. The main goal of his research program is to develop sustainable and transformational materials and manufacturing for the energy, environment and health care sectors.

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