Dr. Hortense Le Ferrand holds a master and a doctorate degree in Materials Science from ETH Zürich in Switzerland and a diplôme d’Ingénieur from the Grande Ecole ESPCI Paris, France. Her doctoral thesis on magnetically-driven of bio-inspired composites was acknowledged with several prizes and awards.
After a visiting period in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana, USA, where she focused on morphing structures, Dr. Hortense obtained funding from the Swiss National Science Foundation to study protein assemblies at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.
January 2019, she joined the schools of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) and Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) of NTU as an Assistant Professor and was awarded the prestigious NRF fellowship in January 2020.
We develop manufacturing strategies to create structural materials with multifunctional properties through the design of their microstructures. These designs are largely inspired by those found in natural composites but adapted to engineered materials, processes, and applications. Our research is multidisciplinary across physico-chemistry, material science and mechanics, and at multiple lengthscales, in particular the micro-, meso- and macroscale.
Key thematic focus are:
- composites and ceramics manufacturing
- toughened ceramics
- structural robotics
- bio-inspired and biomaterials
We enable new functionalities in hard and strong materials by controlling the arrangements of their internal structure.
H. Le Ferrand, C. Athanasiou, A materials perspective on the design of damage-resilient bone implants through additive/advanced manufacturing, JOM (2020). We review and discuss which method and material could be potentially used for the implants of tomorrow.
H. Le Ferrand, F. Bouville, Processing of dense bio-inspired ceramics with deliberate microtexture, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 102 (2019), 7253. We developed a process that control the local microstructure of dense ceramics, allowing for the local tuning of the mechanical properties.
H. Le Ferrand, M. Duchamp, D. Gabryelczyk, C. Hao, A. Miserez, Time-resolved observations of liquid-liquid phase separation at the nanoscale using in situ Liquid Transmission Electron Microscopy, JACS 17 (2019), 7202. For the first time, we observed how proteins self-assemble spontaneously into condensed droplets.
- 3D Printing of hierarchical composites
- 3D printing of bio-inspired mechano-sensing skins for large structures
- Additive manufacturing of resilient, strong and functional composites through bio-inspired microstructures
- Collaborations: working with living materials, strong bamboo-mycelium composites / ceramics for thermal management / biomineralisation
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