Sustainable 3D/4D Printing Systems, Materials, and Applications
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 17341
Interests: 4D/3D/Bio printing; soft robotics; smart materials and structures; medical device design; robotic materials
Interests: mechanics of biomaterials; smart materials and structures; meta-materials; soft matters; regenerative medicine; 3D and 4D printing technologies
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Among advances in technologies and applications concerning additive manufacturing (AM), one of the most extraordinary reported developments so far is four-dimensional (4D) printing, in which three-dimensional (3D) printing technology is combined with smart materials (SMs) to produce structures that change shape or functionality over time in response to external stimuli, such as temperature, electricity, humidity, solvents, pH, or light. 4D printing is expected to play a crucial role in future designs due to its obvious advantage of creating engineered and natural systems that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. For instance, 4D printing may allow scientists to develop biosensors, microfluidics, energy harvesters, smart solar panels and wind turbines, and energy conversion devices with efficient reusing of materials, waste management, and energy consumption towards more sustainability.
This special invites manuscripts that provide a global overview of how AM, particularly 4D printing, has a significant impact on the environment and sustainability, while also increasing both industrial and commercial benefits to society.
Dr. Ali Zolfagharian
Dr. Mahdi Bodaghi
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- 4D printing applications in sustainable soft robotics, microfluidics, energy arvesters, renewable energies, and self-healing structures
- 3D-printed polymer systems, structures, sensors, and actuators
- 3D-printed shape-memory polymers, hydrogels, polyelectrolytes, elastomers, and silicones
- 3D-printed ionic polymers, conductive polymers, batteries, and electrochemical transistors
- wearable electronics, shape adaptive structures, and metamaterials
- modeling, analysis, and control of sustainable systems