Additive Manufacturing of Active Medical Devices

Hosted by Dr. Laurie Gower

Department of Materials Science and Engineering Seminar Series

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – 4:05-4:55p.m. – 270 FLG



Roger Narayan, Ph.D.

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

University of North Carolina

North Carolina State University



Additive Manufacturing of Active Medical Devices



Over the past decade, we have examined use of several additive manufacturing technologies, including digital micromirror device-based stereolithography and two photon polymerization, to create small-scale medical devices for tissue engineering, transdermal drug delivery, and transdermal sensing. For example, we have use additive manufacturing techniques to prepare hollow microneedles that may be used for direct interaction between a sensor and subsurface tissues. Several types of sensors have been integrated with arrays of hollow microneedles. Multiplexed microneedle sensors may potentially be used for simultaneous detection of several physiologically-relevant molecules. In this talk, current efforts to improve additive manufacturing of medical devices and facilitate clinical translation will be considered.’



Dr. Roger Narayan is a Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. He is an author of over one hundred publications as well as several book chapters on processing, characterization, and modeling of biomedical materials. He currently serves as an editorial board member for several academic journals, including as editor-in-chief of 3D Printed Materials & System (Springer). Dr. Narayan has received several honors for his research activities, including the University of North Carolina Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine and the American Ceramic Society Richard M. Fulrath Award. He has been elected as Fellow of ASM International, AAAS, and AIMBE. He currently serves as an ASME Swanson Fellow with America Makes, the national additive manufacturing institute.