Grant Funded Research

The mission of the Swanson School of Engineering is to produce highly qualified engineers and useful creative research and technology through academic excellence. The faculty and staff at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering will be recognized for providing excellent educational programs, for conducting leading-edge research, and for creating innovative industrial partnerships. Below are just a few of the research projects for which our faculty has received funding.

Protein Lithography: A Sustainable Technology for Sub-5-nm Nanomanufacturing

PI: Mostafa Bedewy
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Tailoring Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes by In Situ Control of Spatially-Varying Morphology

PI: Mostafa Bedewy
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Workshop/Collaborative Research: Accelerating NSF Research in Additive Manufacturing toward Industrial Applications

Co-PI: Mostafa Bedewy
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Scalable Manufacturing of Hierarchical Assemblies Based on Functional Nanoscale Building Blocks

PI: Mostafa Bedewy
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GOALI: From Powder to Functional Actuators: Advanced Binder Jet Printing of Functional Magnetic Shape Memory Alloys

PI: Markus Chmielus, Co-PI: Steve Ludwick (Aerotec)
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High Efficiency Refrigeration and Cooling Through Additive Manufactured Magnetocaloric Devices

PI: Markus Chmielus
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A Database Relating Powder Properties to Fatigue Strength for Binder Jet Printed Inconel

PI: Markus Chmielus, Co-PI: Albert To
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Integrated Transpiration and Lattice Cooling Systems Developed by Additive Manufacturing with Oxide-Dispersion-Strengthened Alloy

PI: Minking Chyu, Co-PI: Albert To
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Understanding and Leveraging the Effect of Nanoscale Roughness on Macroscale Adhesion

PI: Tevis Jacobs
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Collaborative Research: Understanding the Formation and Separation of Nanoscale Contacts

PI: Tevis Jacobs
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CAREER: Statistical Design of Hierarchical Metal Structures for High Performance, Flexible Solar Cells

PI: Paul Leu
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STTR Phase I: Liquid printed metal nanomeshes for transparent conductors

PI: V. Nagpal, co-PI: P. W. Leu
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EAGER: Feasibility demonstration of laser manufacturing or silicon photonic crystals for solar cells

PI: P. W. Leu, Co-PI: K. P. Chen
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NUE: Flipping Learning Models to Illuminate Nanomanufacturing and Nanomaterials for Photovoltaics

PI: P. W. Leu, Co-PIs: G. Li, J.-K. Lee, and S. A. Spiegel
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Nanosphere coatings on silicon thin film photovoltaics

PI: P. W. Leu
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Collaborative Research: Microfabrication and Self-Assembly of Shape-Changing Hydrogels with Chromonic Liquid Crystalline Order

PI: Ravi Shankar
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GOALI/Collaborative Research: Autonomous Thermomechanical Fabrication of 3D Structures using Heat-Responsive Polymers

PI: Ravi Shankar
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Collaborative Research: Using Boundaries to Create and Control Pathways for Photomechanical Actuation

PI: Ravi Shankar
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Snap-Through in a New Light: Contactless, Ultrafast Photoactuation

PI: Ravi Shankar
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Polymers for Light-Activated Mechanical Actuators

PI: Ravi Shankar
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GOALI: Manufacturing of Nanostructure-Enhanced Mn-Al-base Materials via Modulated Machining and Thermomechanical Consolidation for High-Performance Permanent Magnets

PI: Ravi Shankar
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Multifunctional Surface Engineering using Severe Plastic Deformation in Machining-Based Processes

PI: Ravi Shankar
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Parametric Design of Functional Support Structures for Metal Alloy Feedstocks

PI: Ravi Shankar
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Integrated Computational Material Engineering Technologies for Additive Manufacturing

Co-PI: Albert To
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Prediction of Microstructure Evolution in DMLM Processed Inconel 718 with Part Scale Simulation

PI: Albert To
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GOALI: Novel Computational Approaches to Address Key Design Optimization Issues for Metal Additive Manufacturing

PI: Albert To
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Cellular Architecture Optimization for Tailored Frequency Response in Missile Components and Structure

Co-PI: Albert To
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Integrated Design Tool Development for High Potential Additive Manufacturing Applications

PI: Albert To
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Multiscale Structure-Mechanical Property Investigation of Additive Manufactured Components for Development of a Reliable Qualification Method

PI: Albert To, Co-PI: Markus Chmielus & Minking Chyu
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Cellular Architecture Optimization for Tailored Frequency Response in Missile Components and Structure

Co-PI: Albert To
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Adaptive Laser Shock Micro-Forming Process and Metrology

Co-PI: Albert To
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Developing Topology Optimization Tools that Enable Efficient Design of Additive Manufactured Cellular Structure

PI: Albert To
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Automation Tools for Modeling AM Process of Complex Geometries in ABAQUS

PI: Albert To, Co-PI: Markus Chmielus
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Understanding and predicting properties and performance of additively manufactured Nickel-based superalloys

PI: Guofeng Wang, Co-PI: Brian Gleeson
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GOALI: Manufacturing of Nanostructure-Enhanced Mn-Al-base Materials via Modulated Machining and Thermomechanical Consolidation for High-Performance Permanent Magnets

PI - Wiezorek (MEMS Pitt), Co-PI Shankar (IE Pitt), Co-PI Weiland (Alcoa, now Arconic)
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In-situ transmission electron microscopy of microstructure formation during laser irradiation induced irreversible transformations in metals and alloys

PI - Wiezorek (MEMS Pitt).
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