3D Printing of electrical applications

KU Leuven
September 18 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Available immediately! For an interdisciplinary research project at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technology cluster at the Campus De Nayer of the KU Leuven. We are looking for a motivated researcher willing to pursuit a doctoral degree and to work on a project using 3D printing technologies (jet based mostly) for developing customized sensors and electrical applications for the biomedical and industrial field. Experienced researcher may also be considered for this position. The researcher will join the Advanced Manufacturing research Laboratory (AML) at the Campus De Nayer (Sint Katelijne Waver) under the supervision of Eleonora Ferraris.

AML is part of the Mechanical Engineering Technology Cluster (METC) (http://iiw.kuleuven.be/english/research/technologycluster/metc) and the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the KU Leuven. METC involves research and service-to-society in various mechanical engineering fields. Its activities are typically application-driven or application-oriented, and can rely on a strong network with the industrial and ser... For more information see https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/54355275

The final aim of the project is to develop customized smart solutions and industrial applications based on electronic printing technologies. Focus will be on the development of thermal and force sensors, interconnects and antennas, printed via Aerosol Jet based techniques (AJP) on flat and customized shapes, and to integrate them into medical and consumer products.

Electronic printing is regarded as a Key Enabling Technology (KET) for the Factory of the Future. The Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things context put forward not only massive sensorisation concepts, but also the need of customized devices and smart tools, wherein RFID, antennas, batteries, interconnects, resistors, capacitors, etc. can be flexibly integrated. Compared to roll-to-roll and screen printing, direct writing technologies can offer additional opportunities with respect to prototyping, customization, flexible design, repairing and small batch production. In addition, multiple nozzle based technologies can be combined within a unique platform to explore new scenarios, including bio-electrical printing for tissue engineering and integrated manufacturing for mechatronics.

The candidate is expected to develop printing strategies for the realization and validation of a given number of electrical applications, and he will be supported across the whole process, from electrical design to materials selection, printing, experimental set-up and testing. The candidate is expected to develop multidisciplinary competence in various areas, including 3D printing, inkrheology, electrical design, machine components, and experimental testing.

Additional responsibilities of the candidate will include:

- Collaboration on related research activities within the groups.

- Guidance of master students on related projects.

- Participation in writing of new project applications.

- Limited teaching tasks within the department and support for coordination of laboratory activities and laboratories.

- Presentation of results during regular group meetings and in meetings with project partners.

- Writing of scientific papers and presenting at scientific conferences, of results obtained during the project.

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