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Welcome to Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Lab (NML)!

Our research focuses on one-dimensional, two-dimensional nanomaterials innovations and scalable novel advanced manufacturing processes for revolutionary applications in environment, healthcare, things network, etc. We are developing novel manufacturing methods for nanomaterials and nanocomposites including scalable nanomanufacturing and additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing). With the unique properties of nanocomposites, applications in flexible and stretchable electronic systems such as electrodes, power sources, and sensors with particular emphasis on components are of great interest.

The research interest focuses on the synthesis and processing of nanomaterials, scalable micro/nanomanufacturing processes, and additive manufacturing.


11-15-2022, Yuqi Gao entitled “3D Printed Thick Reduced Graphene Oxide: Manganese Oxide/Carbon Nanotube Hybrid Electrode with Highly Ordered Microstructures for Supercapacitors”, is published in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies. This work reports high capacitance and good rate performance supercapacitors made of 3D printed thick electrodes.

10-21-2022, Dr. Junjun Ding was invited to give a presentation virtually on 1st International Conference on Polymer Science and Engineering 2022 (Polymers-2022, OCT 17-21, 2022, hybrid Los Angeles, CA and virtual) on the “Tunable large-scale compressive strain sensor based on carbon nanotube / polydimethylsiloxane”. The recorded presentations can be shared later.

05-23-2022, Dr. Junjun Ding delivered an invited 30-minute presentation at the 2022 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting virtually (May 7-13 2022 Honolulu, Hawai’I and May 23-25 2022 virtual). The topic was “Material Extrusion 3D Printing of Polymer Matrix Composites for Energy Storage and Sensing Applications”.

12-06-2021, Chao Liu’s work, entitled “Tunable Large-Scale Compressive Strain Sensor Based on Carbon Nanotube/Polydimethylsiloxane Foam Composites by Additive Manufacturing“, is published in Advanced Engineering Materials. This work is supported by Fuzehub.

08-30-2021, Yuqi Gao’s work, entitled “rGO–CMC fiber supercapacitors with core-sheath structure manufactured by coaxial extrusion printing“, is published in Journal of Materials Research. This work is invited to be published in the focus issue of 3D-PRINTED ELECTRODES FOR ENERGY STORAGE.

07-08-2021, Chao Liu’s work, entitled “Material extrusion 3D printing of carbon material reinforced PDMS matrix composites and their mechanical properties“, is published in Procedia Manufacturing.

0107-2021, our US patent with inventors named Runzhi Zhang, Junjun Ding, Eui-Hyeok Yang, entitled “Stretchable supercapacitors with vertically-aligned embedded carbon nanotubes”, has been filed. US Patent App. 16/610,066.

06-23-2020, Yuqi Gao’s work, entitled “Low solid loading, low viscosity, high uniform shrinkage ceramic resin for stereolithography based additive manufacturing“, is published in Procedia Manufacturing.

06-23-2020, Chao Liu’s work, entitled “Carbon nanotubes reinforced alumina matrix nanocomposites for conductive ceramics by additive manufacturing“, is published in Procedia Manufacturing.

06-19-2020, our first book, authored by Eui-Hyeok Yang, Dibakar Datta, Junjun Ding, Grzegorz Hader, entitled “Synthesis, Modelling and Characterization of 2D Materials and their Heterostructures“, is published by Elsevier. It is available for purchase on Elsevier and Amazon. eBook ISBN: 9780128184769 Paperback ISBN: 9780128184752.

06-19-2020, Yuqi’s book chapter, entitled “Synthesis of heterostructures based on two-dimensional materials”, is published in the book “Synthesis, Modelling and Characterization of 2D Materials and their Heterostructures” by Elsevier.

02-03-2020 our collaborative work with Zheng Zhang, Junjun Ding, Benjamin M. Ocko, Julien Lhermitte, Joseph Strzalka, Chang-Hwan Choi, Frank T. Fisher, Kevin G. Yager*, and Charles T. Black*, entitled “Nanoconfinement and Salt Synergistically Suppress Crystallization in Polyethylene Oxide“, is published in ACS Macromolecules.

01-23-2020, our patent has been filed with inventors named Runzhi Zhang, Eui-Hyeok Yang, and Junjun Ding, entitled “Vacnt-based flexible electronics for sensing and capacitance applications“.

09-02-2019, we are awarded FuzeHub Manufacturing Grant on an extrusion-based 3-D printing technology to manufacture conductive textiles using carbon nanomaterials-based composites of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), partnering with Bonbouton. Alfred News Release.

08-21-2019, our collaborative work with Adrien Chauvin, Leopoldo Molina-Luna, Chang-Hwan Choi, Pierre-Yves Tessier, Abdel-Aziz El Mel, entitled “Study of the Coarsening of Nanoporous Gold Nanowires by In Situ STEM Annealing“, is published in Physica Status Solidi (RRL) – Rapid Research Letters.

07-31-2019, our paper on flexible supercapacitors and batteries with Runzhi Zhang, Anthony Palumbo, Prof. Jae Chul Kim, and Prof. Eui-Hyeok Yang, entitled “Flexible Graphene‐, Graphene‐Oxide‐, and Carbon‐Nanotube‐Based Supercapacitors and Batteries“, is published in Annalen der Physik.

04-25-2019, Ashley Lenau, Benjamin Zimmerli, and Phillip Kurtis present their work after year-long hardworking in Undergraduate Research Forum at Alfred University! Well done!

03-22-2019, our collaborative work with Domantas Peckus, Adrien Chauvin, Tomas Tamulevičius, Mindaugas Juodėnas, Chang-Hwan Choi, Abdel-Aziz El Mel, Pierre-Yves Tessier and Sigitas Tamulevičius, entitled “Polarization-dependent ultrafast plasmon relaxation dynamics in nanoporous gold thin films and nanowires“, is published in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics. 

02-08-2019, Chao Liu passes his PhD qualifying exam. Congratulations!

11-25-2018, Chao Liu and Dr. Ding present our work “Direct Ink Writing of Multi-Walled CNT Reinforced Alumina Matrix Composites for Conductive Ceramics” at 2018 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, MA.

11-11-2018, Dr. Ding presents our work “Direct Ink Writing of Graphene Oxide Reinforced PDMS Matrix Composites for Improved Mechanical Properties” at 2018 ASME IMECE in Pittsburgh, PA.

09-18-2018, our work on superhydrophobic nanostructures based optical waveguide with Prof. Ke Du, Dr. Ishan Wathuthanthri, and Prof. Chang-Hwan Choi, entitled “Superhydrophobic waveguide: liquid-core air cladding waveguide platform for optofluidics“, is published in Applied Physics Letters.

08-15-2018, Yuqi Gao joins NML as a PhD student. Welcome!

05-15-2018, MSE undergraduates Ashley Lenau, Benjamin Zimmerli, and Eric Bennett join the NML to conduct summer research projects on 3D printing and carbon nanomaterials. Welcome!

04-16-2018, our work on stretchable supercapacitors with Runzhi Zhang, Chao Liu, Prof. Eui-Hyeok Yang, entitled “Highly Stretchable Supercapacitors Enabled by Interwoven CNTsPartially Embedded in PDMS“, is published in ACS Applied Energy Materials.

02-15-2018, Dr. Ding delivers an invited talk in Rochester Institute of Technology on “Carbon Nanomaterials for Flexible Electronics”.

02-13-2018, positions are open for undergrad research. Please find the details through the link to Openings.

01-14-2018, Chao Liu joins NML as the first PhD student. Welcome!

11-26-2017, our collaborated work with Dr. Ke Du, Youhua Jiang, Dr. Po-Shun Huang, Dr. Tongchuan Gao, and Prof. Chang-Hwan Choi, entitled “Self-Formation of Polymer Nanostructures in Plasma Etching: Mechanisms and Applications“, is published in Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.

10-23-2017, our collaborated work with Dr. Ke Du, Dr. Ishan Wathuthanthri, and Prof. Chang-Hwan Choi, entitled ” Selective hierarchical patterning of silicon nanostructures via soft nanostencil lithography“, is published in Nanotechnology.

10-23-2017, my research paper with Shichen Fu, Runzhi Zhang, Dr. Eric Boon, Prof. Woo Lee, Prof. Frank T. Fisher, Prof. Eui-Hyeok Yang, entitled “Graphene-vertically aligned carbon nanotube hybrid on PDMS as stretchable electrodes“, is published in Nanotechnology.

08-15-2017, Nanomaterials and Manufacturing Lab (NML) starts in Materials Science and Engineering, Inamori School of Engineering, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University.

08-15-2017,  I joined the Inamori School of Engineering, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University as an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering.

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