Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Aarhus University
Additive Manufacturing Division, Fraunhofer IWS, Dresden
Clinic of Oral and Craniomaxillofacial Surgery, University Hospital Basel
Sustainability and health are two of the global challenges recognized by UN. Electronics is the pillar that supports the innovation in these sectors. However, current electronic components are non-biodegradable and release toxins in environment, while the implanted electronics is not compatible with soft human tissues. The aim of my research is to overcome these challenges through i) development of novel electronic material library, and ii) next-generation devices with new form factors. Through green chemistry we have developed novel biodegradable, biocompatible and bioresorbable electronic materials. Printed electronics is the new emerging fabrication technique that allows electronic components, circuits and devices to be put on a desired surface using nanoparticle inks. The synthesized materials are converted into printable inks to fabricate soft and flexible devices. I will showcase some of the case studies on the application of the materials and flexible devices.
Prof. Dr. Shweta Agarwala is Associate Professor at ECE, Aarhus University, Denmark and heads ‘Printed Electronics Technology’ laboratory. Her research is interdisciplinary and has a strong translation flavor. Her vision is to build sustainable electronics through biodegradable electronic materials. Her research group is using printing route to enable flexible and bio-electronic device with applications in healthcare, wearables, smart textiles and soft robotics. She obtained her Master's at Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and later defended PhD at National University of Singapore (Singapore). She was a postdoc at the Energy Research Institute in Singapore, and later went to Singapore Centre for 3D Printing to pursue research in printed electronics before travelling to Denmark. Shweta is author of more than 70 peer-reviewed papers published in internationally renowned journals, books and conferences. She serves as the chair of IEEE Women in engineering Denmark section.
Dr.-Ing. Elena Lopez studied chemical engineering at the Universidad de Valladolid in Spain and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany. She finished her PhD thesis on the topic of plasmachemical etching of silicon solar wafers at the Technische Universitaet Dresden. She is Head of Department for Additive Manufacturing at the Additive Manufacturing Center Dresden (AMCD) at Fraunhofer IWS and teaches AM as an adjunct professor. She also represents Women in 3D Printing as Regional Director Europe.
Dr. Neha Sharma, PhD, is a Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Surgeon hailing from India, driven by an unwavering passion for seamlessly integrating cutting-edge digital technologies into the realm of clinical practice. With foundation in surgical residency, coupled with a fellowship in Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery, she has endowed a rich repertoire of expertise spanning CMF trauma, reconstructive, and orthognathic surgeries. Currently, she serves as the Deputy Head of the Swiss Medical Additive Manufacturing Research Group and the 3D Print Lab at University Hospital Basel. Her dedication lies in harnessing the transformative potential of digital technologies, including 3D printing and VR/AR applications, to revolutionize CMF surgery. Her role entails pioneering computer-assisted virtual surgical planning, spearheading biomimetic computational designs, and exploring novel biomaterials that hold promise in the realm of reconstructive surgeries (MIRACLE II Smart Implants).
In 2021, she completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Basel, focusing on the fabrication of customized implants using high-performance polymer biomaterial, Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) laying a sturdy foundation in research methodologies and unveiling the forefront of point-of-care medical 3D printing. Her work was awarded the prestigious Dirk Schäfer Science Award by the Department of Surgery at University Hospital Basel in 2022. Driven by a fervor for pushing the boundaries, she fervently engages in clinical research endeavors that redefine the possibilities within CMF surgery. Collaborating across disciplines, she aims to elevate patient care with diverse expertise.