Chemically Active 3D Printed Devices (AF-DAAD)

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Funder's project number: 316211

Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 25 000,00

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Project timetable

Project start date: 01/01/2018

Project end date: 31/12/2019


The development of 3D printing techniques and printing materials has been booming over the past decades. Materials from resins to metals can nowadays be printed to produce complex objects with precise dimensions and desired mechanical properties. Recently, the focus of interest has slowly been shifting towards 3D printed objects that also possess additional physical or chemical functionalities. In the field of functional objects and devices, 3D printing technique has already been utilized for anti-microbial composites and ion-exchange membranes as well as for pH-sensitive and catalytically active objects. Even polymer bonded rare-earth metal magnets and quantum dot light-emitting diodes have been successfully printed. Despite the progress in the field of functional 3D objects, the true potential of the technique has not been fully exploited, especially in chemistry. The use of 3D printing techniques with chemically active printing materials in production of devices such as continuous flow reactors, chromatographic, or ion-exchange columns using an active material could open up a completely new level of control on functionality of devices. The goal of the proposed project is to develop new 3D printed chemically active objects such as columns and meshes that can be used as catalytically active devices and in capturing small gaseous molecules such as CO2. The focus will be on design of new active printing materials including hybrid materials and printable polymers specific functional groups. The principle idea is to combine nearly unlimited possibilities in design of the objects structure and surface area at micrometer scale with the design of the chemically active sites of the printing material at molecular scale. The primary 3D-printing technique to be applied will be Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) that also provides partial control over the surface structure of the object.

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