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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering SEMINAR SERIES (9-10-2020)

3D Printed Artificial Organs and Smart Electronics for Biomedical and Healthcare Application

Dr. Kaiyan Qiu, Assistant Professor, Washington State University, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering


Kaiyan Qiu

Thursday September 10, 2020
11:00am to Noon



The interweaving of polymeric materials with multiscale, multimaterial 3D printing processes could enable the additive manufacturing of a diverse set of complex, multifunctional structures. To this end, the focus of this talk is to introduce the 3D printing of presurgical organ models, cardiac muscle pump, and smart electronics with unique geometries and extraordinary functionalities that can be utilized for biomedical and healthcare applications. Firstly, 3D printed, patient‐specific prostate and aortic root models with physical properties of tissue and integrated capacitive sensors will be presented and their applications in surgical rehearsal and planning, medical device evaluation, and postoperative complication prediction will be discussed. Secondly, 3D bioprinting of cardiac muscle pump using stem cell‐laden biomaterials and in situ proliferation and differentiation procedure will be presented. The muscle pump exhibits contiguous muscle wall and macroscale beating function. Finally, a 3D printed stretchable piezoresistive tactile sensor fabricated on freeform surface under mild conditions using customized electronic materials will be introduced. This sensor can be integrated onto human skin for health monitoring and motion detection.


Dr. Kaiyan Qiu is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the Washington State University. Dr. Qiu received his Ph.D. in Fiber Science with Polymers and Biological Engineering Concentrations from Cornell University. He also obtained the postdoc training in the Mechanical Engineering related field at Dartmouth College, Princeton University, and University of Minnesota. With his expertise in additive manufacturing (3D printing), functional materials, electronics, and biotechnologies, Dr. Qiu’s research interests focus on designing and manufacturing presurgical organ models and medical devices for surgical rehearsal and device evaluations, wearable electronics for health monitoring, and tissue engineering for biomedical applications. His highly interdisciplinary research work has been published in numerous high‐impact journals. More details can be found at