|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Friday, April 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m.|
|PLACE:||MARC Building, 201|
|TITLE:||Developing Aerosol Jet Printable Regenerated Silk Fibroin Solution|
|COMMITTEE:||Dr. Tequila A.L. Harris, Chair (ME)
Dr. Kyriyaki Kalaitzidou (ME)
Dr. Donggang Yao (MSE)
In recent year, an ancient and natural material, silk fibroin, has gained a lot of attention due to its strong mechanical properties and biocompatibility and biodegradability. Non-contact, maskless printing methods are highly desirable for fabricating silk fibroin solution, due to the advantages over micro-contact printing methods. Inkjet printing (IJP) has been the preferred choice for fabricating various materials. However, additives are typically required to successfully print using IJP, thereby, changing the chemistry of the solution. Novel additive manufacturing techniques are emerging that have the potential of replacing IJP, which is also prone to clogging. In this work, the feasibility and fidelity of using Aerosol Jet Printing (AJP) to fabricate regenerated silk fibroin (RSF) solutions made from Bombyx mori is explored and the process protocols developed, using experimental methods.