Bioinspired and Multifunctional Materials Systems and Structures

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The bioinspired and multifunctional materials systems and structures research supergroup (BI(MS)2) is focused on:

  • Seeding collaborative research in bioinspired and multifunctional materials systems and structures
  • Initiating and promoting authentic and sustainable research collaborations that address emergent scientific and engineering topics in bioinspired multifunctional systems.  

BI(MS)2 covers a broad range of interdisciplinary research from design, synthesis and processing of engineered responsive materials to multiscale modeling and characterization of their complex and coupled multifunctional responses and the advanced manufacturing of multi-materials multifunctional systems. 

BI(MS)2 Sample Work

  • Undersea acoustic metamaterials: Mike Roan 
  • Multimaterials 3D printing of Polymers: Amrita Basak and Joseph Najem 
  • 3D printing of temperature sensitive biomaterials: Bladimir Ramos-Alvarado and Joseph Najem 
  • On-Demand 3D Printing of Food-Grade Biopolymer-Encapsulated Ferrate(VI) for Individualized and Equitable Access to Drinking Water: Amrita Basak and Zoubeida Ounaies 
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