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Tunable Materials

For efficient use of materials in a variety of application and as part of automated production processes, a library of materials that can meet specific requirement is needed. Materials performance can be tuned by combing component with different properties. One prominent example pertains to composites, where material performance can be tuned by combining components with different properties. In practice, this is most often a polymer matrix with a filler added to improve properties like elasticity, conductivity, heat transfer, and strength. For many applications, the fillers are carbon-based fibers, nanotubes, nanoplates, micro- and nanoparticles, graphene, etc. Noteworthy, the use of the 3D printing technology stands at the brink of a real breakthrough in this field.


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