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Direct Laser Writing: A technique to enable fundamental tissue engineering studies

Alice E. WhiteProfessor (ME, MSE, BME, Physics)Chair of the Mechanical Engineering DepartmentBoston University

Zoom Linkhttps://bostonu.zoom.us/j/93315594357?pwd=eE4wQS9lZjA2aloyMkQ2dG5CS21kZz09 

Meeting ID: 933 1559 4357               Passcode: 689715


The ability to rapidly prototype arbitrarily complex 3D nano- to micro-scale structures and topographies using a type of 3D printing called Direct Laser Writing by two photon polymerization (DLW-TPP) has enabled us to address a variety of research challenges.   In this seminar, I’ll take a deep dive into the DLW-TPP technology including the materials and design considerations.  The capabilities and limitations of the technology will be discussed and illustrated with numerous examples from our work.


Alice White joined the College of Engineering of Boston University in 2013 from Bell Labs, where she held various leadership positions including Director of Materials Physics Research, Director of Integrated Photonics Research, VP of the Physical Technologies Research Center, President of the NJ Nanotechnology Consortium, location leader for Bell Labs North America, and finally Chief Scientist. She has a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University and a broad technical background in experimental solid-state physics and fabrication of optical components. In 1991, she received the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society for her work on compound formation using ion implantation.  She was named a Bell Labs Fellow in 2001 for her work in “developing and applying novel integrated photonic device technologies in advanced optical networks”. With over 125 publications and 7 patents issued/pending, she is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the IEEE Photonics Society, and the Optical Society of America.  At BU, she leads a department with 51 faculty members.  In 2014, she established the Multiscale Laser Lithography Lab and is developing mechanical metamaterials for biological studies using a laser direct write technology.  This research is one thrust of a recently established BU-led NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC), CELL-MET.  In addition to her role in Mechanical Engineering, she is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, and a Professor of Physics, as well as an affiliate of the BU Photonics Center and BU Nano.



Faculty Host

Stephen ForrestProfessorUniversity of Michigan