*** Keynote Speaker ***

Prof. Daryl W. Yee
EPFL, Institute of Electrical and Micro Engineering


Hydrogel Infusion Additive Manufacturing: Simple Chemistries for Advanced Materials


Additive manufacturing holds incredible potential to change the way we design and manufacture materials. However, its utility has been hampered by the limited library of materials compatible with it. In this talk, I will show how 3D printed hydrogels infused with metal ions can be used to fabricate a wide variety of architected functional inorganic materials and devices. Furthermore, I will demonstrate how infusion of these hydrogels opens a new paradigm of manufacturing — where the material is selected after the structure/part is produced. The ability to fabricate these functional materials with high resolutions paves the way towards the next generation of 3D devices.


Daryl W. Yee is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Institute of Electrical and Micro Engineering at EPFL. His research group seeks to utilize molecular design and accessible materials processing strategies to engineer advanced functional materials that will help tackle societal challenges in healthcare, energy, and climate change. He was previously a postdoctoral associate at MIT and obtained his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Caltech in 2020. Daryl was also a Young National University of Singapore Fellow, and his work has been featured in the ACS Polymer Division’s ‘Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research’. Prior to Caltech, he received his B.Eng in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London.