3D Printed Fuel Cell Inks, Ceramic Bone, Graphene... #WT3D?

Ramille Shah, leader of the Shah TEAM lab at Northwestern University, is making waves by producing 3D printed inks that form at different temperatures and could be responsible for enabling 3D-printed fuel cells.
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Ramille Shah, leader of the Shah TEAM lab at Northwestern University, is making waves by producing 3D printed inks that form at different temperatures and could be responsible for enabling 3D-printed fuel cells.

Ramille Shah is fast becoming a mid-west legend. Working out of Northwestern's Institute for Bionanotechnology, the team is tasked with advances in Tissue Engineering and Additive Manufacturing (T.E.A.M.) which includes all facets of 3D printing.

Already, technologies developed by the TEAM lab for medical applications have been successfully extended to many additional material systems with applications in energy, smart materials, aerospace, and advanced structures. Some of their applications can assist in tissue engineering toward addressing the shortage of donated organs for transplants.

In their latest work, as brought to our attention by IEEE's Spectrum, Shah's TEAM is making ceramic fuel cells with a 3D printer, which could enable different, more effective fuel cell designs that increase surface area of those cells, and could convert gases into electricity. Amazing stuff.

What's just as amazing are all the things not only being considered 'possible' but that are being pursued by Shah's TEAM, including PhD student Adam Jakus who is, for example, looking to 3D print ceramic bone structures that replicate the structure of real bone, and an ink that would print the next buzz-word, graphene - capable of facilitating a better battery and forming bulletproof materials with more fluid structures, that might revolutionize... everything... all over again :) .