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Ms Kate Oliver

Ms Kate Oliver

Ms Kate Oliver

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Area of research

Additive Manufacture of Soft Thermoresponsive Gels

HH Wills Physics Laboratory,
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL
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Research summary

My research focuses on how the new technology of 3D printing can be used to generate morphing materials: those that change shape or properties in response to their environment. At the moment I work with an open source 3D printer to produce hydrogels with spatially varying nanofeatures that will assume different shapes when heated. This connects me to the 3D printing, soft matter, and nanotechnology researchers at Bristol.

This strand of work is often referred to as '4D printing', introducing time-responsiveness into manufacture. There are many suggestions for how this could be used. Some are:

  • multifunctional objects, that snap into ...

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Biography

After an MSci Physics from UCL, graduating in 2008 with a final project in organic LEDs, I worked in various aspects of science communication for six years. This included reviewing astronomy books, writing amusing columns for Physics World, preparing educational materials about Maths, being a research for the BBC's science section, and press officer work at the ESRF. After three years managing communications and events for the faculty of Engineering at UCL, I decided the PhD students were having fun I wanted to have and left to study at the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials EPSRC CDT.

 

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