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Polymer-Particle Composites for Additive Manufacturing


Over the past century, society has been riding a wave of technology revolution empowered by Moore’s Law that has enabled trillion devices proliferating into every aspect of our daily lives. Only through innovation in material science of silicon-based transistors and manufacturing capability of advanced deposition and lithography process has made this possible. The next century is beginning to see a new emergence of “more than Moore” with devices attributing new properties such as conformability, transient/edible, self-healing, actuating motion and so much more. Similarly, these devices will be formed from union of new and old technologies, where they can be fabricated using high-throughput printing technologies for make them affordable and ubiquitous. This thesis focuses on the composition of various innovations of particle-polymer composites with additive manufacturing process such as screen-printing to design and fabricate multiple technologies such as self-propelling motors, energy harvesting, energy storage, stretchable electronics, and wearable devices. The thesis provides strategy to develop new composites for their respective technologies by sourcing the composite materials necessary to optimize the composite characteristics, which would be studied through characterization and device evaluation by varying the composite ratios. The development of new composite materials for emerging technologies is enabling a new vision of how technologies can continue to weave into every fabric of our lives.

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