Honorable Mention - Adam Jakus

Graduate Student, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

"3D-Printed Graphene"

3D printing has become a valuable tool in medicine, engineering and design. Scientists are now able to print with more than just plastic, and are using new materials to test the limits of 3D technology.

One such material is Graphene, which is ideal for making implantable “scaffolds” around which stem cells can grow because it is electrically conductive and compatible with human tissue.

This image shows a portion of a 3D-printed Graphene scaffold, which could be used to help with tissue regeneration in the heart, muscle, brain and nerves. Graphene is just one of the many “3D-inks” that Jakus and his colleagues in the Shah Laboratory use in their innovative work.

Technique: Scanning electron microscopy, false coloring

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