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Biofabrication – Prof. Dr. Leonid Ionov

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Postdoctoral position in 3D printing is open


Background of the project: 4D printing, which is based on spontaneous shape-transformation (self-folding) of complex flat structures (sheets), are highly promising strategies for microfabrication. They offer unique possibilities for the fabrication of hollows 3D micro-objects with inclusions and complex surface ornament, which otherwise cannot be fabricated using other microfabrication technologies. Recently, a lot of research was invested in development of materials, which are able to undergo controlled shape transformation, and in understanding of shape transformation, which allows precise and controlled folding of single objects. Conceptually, 4D printing/fabrication resembles Japanese art of paper folding – origami. The goal of this project aims to explore new possibilities for 4D printing – 3D printing of shape-memory polymers. 

Requirements and duties: The successful candidate has a PhD degree in Engineering/ Material Science. Experience in Finite Element Simulations is highly desired. A strong motivation for science and proficient written and oral communication skills in English are crucial for the successful completion of this challenging project. 

Selected publications: Kirillova, A.; Ionov, L.;* Shape-Changing Polymers for Biomedical Applications Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2018 DOI: 10.1039/C8TB02579G;

Stroganov, V.; Pant, K.; Stoychev, G.; Janke, A.; Jehnichen, D.; Fery, A.; Handa, H.; Ionov, L. * 4D biofabrication: 3D cell patterning using shape-changing films Advanced Functional Materials 2018, 28 1706248. DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201706248  

Kirillova, A.; Maxson, J.;  Gomillion, C.T.; Ionov, L.*  4D Bioprinting of Shape-Morphing Hydrogels Advanced  Materials 2017 29, 170344. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201703443

Conditions: Salary is according to TVL E13 tariff agreement with 100% of employment time. Total duration is 1 year.

Please submit your letter of motivation, CV with previous experience and skills and two contacts for reference letters to  leonid.ionov@uni-bayreuth.de

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