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SELECTBIO Conferences 3D-Bioprinting and Tissue Engineering

Xuanhe Zhao's Biography

Xuanhe Zhao, Associate Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Xuanhe Zhao is an associate professor in mechanical engineering at MIT. The mission of Zhao Lab is to advance science and technology on the interfaces between humans and machines for addressing grand societal challenges in health, sustainability, security, education and joy of living. Dr. Zhao was a Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher in 2018. He received young investigator or early career awards from National Science Foundation, Office of Naval Research, Society of Engineering Science, Adhesion Society, American Vacuum Society, and Materials Today; best paper awards from Extreme Mechanics Letters and Journal of Applied Mechanics. He held chair professorships at MIT and previously at Duke University.

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Bio-machines and Bio-manufacturing

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 08:00

Add to Calendar ▼2018-03-27 08:00:002018-03-27 09:00:00Europe/LondonBio-machines and

While human tissues are mostly soft, wet and bioactive; machines are commonly hard, dry and biologically inert.  Bridging human-machine interfaces is of imminent importance in addressing grand challenges in health, security, sustainability and joy of living facing our society in the 21st century. However, designing human-machine interfaces is extremely challenging, due to the fundamentally contradictory properties of human and machine. At MIT SAMs Lab, we propose to use tough bioactive hydrogels to bridge human-machine interfaces. On one side, bioactive hydrogels with similar physiological properties as tissues can naturally integrate with human body, playing functions such as scaffolds, catheters, drug reservoirs, and wearable devices. On the other side, the hydrogels embedded with electronic and mechanical components can control and response to external devices and signals. In the talk, I will first present a bioinspired approach and a general framework to design bioactive and robust hydrogels as the matrices for human-machine interfaces. I will then discuss large-scale manufacturing strategies to fabricate robust and bioactive hydrogels and hydrogel electronics and machines, including 3D printing. Prototypes including smart hydrogel band-aids, hydrogel robots and hydrogel circuits will be further demonstrated.

Add to Calendar ▼2018-03-26 00:00:002018-03-27 00:00:00Europe/London3D-Bioprinting and Tissue