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New book on multiphoton lithography

In Nov. 2016 a new book edited by the AM team at TU Wien will appear:

http://eu.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-3527337172.html

Written with both beginners and professionals in mind, this ready reference begins with an introductory section explaining the basics of the various multi-photon and photochemical processes together with a description of the equipment needed. A team of leading international experts provides the latest research results on such materials as new photoinitiators, hybrid photopolymers, and metallic carbon nanotube composites. They also cover promising applications and prospective trends, including photonic crystals, microfluidic devices, biological scaffolds, metamaterials, waveguides, and functionalized hydrogels.

Horizon 2020 ToMax

The AMT team at TU Wien is coordinator of the Horizon 2020 project ToMax (Toolless Manufacturing of complex structures). 9 partners from 7 European countries will perform research on lithography-based Additive Manufacturing Technologies for advanced polymers and ceramics. The project started on January 1st 2015.

Austrian Lead-project "Addmanu.at"

The AMT group at TU Wien is scientific coordinator of the recently awarded lead project Additive manufacturing - AddManu.at which is funded by the Austrian research agency FFG. 17 partners from industry and academia will perform research on AMT with a budget of 6Mio Euro. The management of the project is performed by the University of Mining and Metallurgy in Leoben, industrial partners include Airbus, GE Jenbacher, Magna, LAM Research, Lithoz, RHI and VOEST.

The project runs from 2015-2019.

ERC starting grant

The behavior of cells strongly depends on their environment. If they are to be researched an manipulated, it is crucial to embed them in suitable surroundings. Aleksandr Ovsianikov is developing a laser system, which allows living cells to be incorporated into intricate taylor-made structures, similar to biological tissue, in which cells are surrounded by the extracellular matrix. This technology is particularly important for artificially growing biotissue, for finding new drugs or for stem cell research. Ovsianikov has now been awarded the ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) of approximately 1.5 million Euros.

3D-printing and Additive Manufacturing Technologies (AMT)

We are a team of mechanical engineers, materials scientists and chemists, headed by Prof. Liska and Prof. Stampfl. Our goal is to do research in the field of lithography-based  Additive Manufacturing Technologies (3D-printing). Although our focus is on materials, we aim at covering the complete process chain from initiators over thermosetting polymers to system design and development and thermomechanical characterization of the obtained parts and materials.

For the "Galaabend Technik 2015" we printed the Vienna Stephansdome in the scale 1:350.000. The picture below shows a SEM image of the structure, and Prof. Sabine Seidler (rector TU Wien) as well as Dr. Reinhold Mitterlehner (Austrian vice chancellor) observing the microscopic printout.

Education and Research

One key topic of research is related to using 3D-printing in the context of digital dentistry. The AMT-team at TU Wien is thus closely related to the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Photopolymers in digital and restorative dentistry. In addition, ground-breaking basic research is performed within the ERC starting grant LeBMEC.

In addition to our research, we are involved in the education of chemists, mechanical engineers and materials scientists. Classes with close relation to AMT include

308.865 Additive Manufacturing Technologies

163.059 Polymer Chemistry