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Mx Kate Oliver

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

Kate Oliver

Mx Kate Oliver

Doctor of Philosophy Student, Member Student

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Research interests

My research focuses on how the new technology of 3D printing can be used to generate morphing materials: those that change shape or properties in response to their environment. At the moment I work with an open source 3D printer to produce hydrogels with spatially varying nanofeatures that will assume different shapes when heated. This connects me to the 3D printing, soft matter, and nanotechnology researchers at Bristol.

This strand of work is often referred to as '4D printing', introducing time-responsiveness into manufacture. There are many suggestions for how this could be used. Some are:

  • multifunctional objects, that snap into alternative shapes depending on how they are triggered;
  • flatpacked goods to save money on transport/storage
  • rolled-up implantable devices that create less trauma by only expanding into their final form while they are in place
  • passive, energy saving technology, such as windows that automatically open when the temperature rises too high.

However, my work is at quite an early stage, so it will be a while before I can show exciting demos!

Research interests

My MSci work at UCL focused on the effect of environmental processing conditions on the performance of organic LEDs, and was published in 2012.

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United Kingdom