Nano Micro Macro 2014: Selected Student Projects

Professor: Martin Bechthold

Teaching Fellow: Daekwon Park


Project Name: AdvanSeat

Group: Ana Garcia, Juhun lee, Wenting Guo, Patricia Correa AdvanSeat is chair concept utilizing an advanced technology for thermo-regulating. The study responds to a general need for an approach to improving the efficiency of local, body-centric cooling systems and reducing cooling energy consumption. Material properties play an important role in insulation and controlling heat transfer rates. PHASE CHANGING MATERIALS (PCM) are capable of storing and releasing large amounts of energy during a phase change from liquid to solid and vice versa. PCM’s are classified as latent heat storage (LHS) units. By applying PCM to a chair seat in direct proximity to the human body, the chair absorbs heat from and releases heat to the occupant while maintaining a surface temperature that meets human thermal comfort for approximately 3-6 hours. This property makes it an ideal material for chairs in spaces that are occupy only temporarily. A voronoi pattern was designed to map out a series of pockets with various heights, allowing varying amounts of PCM to be distributed according to the body heat map and the ergonomic pressure distributions from the occupant.

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Project Name: MAGNO 

Group: Olga Mesa, Malika Singh, Saurabh Mhatre

The study develops an interior wall system that responds to exterior environmental forces such as wind and rain. In this particular product wind activates the exterior facade to transform the interior surface through magnetic technology without envelope penetrations.
The study targets designers and artists who would like to specify interactive products for their building projects and art installations.


Project Name: Tangible Light

Group:Tiffany Chen, Mark Eichler, Jeonghyun Kim, Seungho Park


Project Name: Bio Skin

Group: Carlos Gonzalez, Lining Yao, Nicholas Jacobson, Tony Chao

Inheriting PDMS microfluidic technology from the Lewis Lab at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, this project seeks to integrate fashion with physiological performance benefits. Thin sheet PDMS is an ideal for application to the human body due to its flexible and elastic properties, with minimal processing a water tight bond can be created. By layering sheets of PDMS with custom cut patterns we can direct the flow of water between sheets and retain the flexible elastic nature of PDMS. With this technology we can identify vascular patterns near the skin and directly heat or cool though the flow of liquids. In addition to controlling the temperature of liquids we are able to control the color and location of color in the PDMS skin. Therefore we can directly link fashion to performance creating a new concept in wearable technology.


Project Name: Fluid Form

Group: Kurt Fischer, Jonathan Grinham, J. Mansfield, Puja Patel

Ferro-Tiles is a molding agent that allows for variable pattern casting through magnetic nano-particles in fluid suspension and magnetic force density manipulation. The capacity to form intricate spike and labyrinth packing structures from ferrohydrodynamic instabilities is well recognized in popular science. We report a casting system that is able to produce periodic and non-periodic structures at micron to millimeter feature sizes by casting a variety of low viscosity materials into these patterns. Furthermore, by modulating the magnetic field density of each cast, we demonstrate repeatable and predicable pattern generation. To date, the casting system has been implemented in a variety of material including, thermoplastics, ceramics, and cements. Speculative commercial applications include, extracellular matrices, architectural tiling, graphic signage, and acoustic insulating panels.


Project Name: Flex_Marks

Group: Tristan Mcguire, Christine Min, Rachel Moranis, Catherine Soderburg

This project was using a thermo-chromatic pigment on a PDMS surface with variable density. The color of the surface would change according to exposed temperature. A warm temperature would result in a lighter color, while the vibrant color would result from being exposed to colder temperatures.


Project Name: Steam W-Ink

Group: Ling-Li Zeng, Jie Xie, Yingyi Wang, Jili Wang

W-INK exploits the chemical and optical properties of precisely nanostructured materials to distinguish liquids by their surface tension. By applying the technology, the team develops three design proposals including product scale and architecture scale namely Cloud Panel, Coloration Lamp and a Growing Wall..
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