Bend, Flow, Build: the Broad World of Nanotech and 3D Printing
As a rheologist, Dr Anson Ma has spent years studying the microstructure and flow behavior of matter, and he finds the most pleasure in seeing his work culminate in something that benefits people.
From cancer therapy to personalized medicine, enhanced oil recovery to flexible smartphones, each groundbreaking new technology has either been fully realized or is currently in the pipeline. Technological advancements in nanotechnology and 3D printing, in particular, have had arguably the most profound impact on human lives in the recent years.
“I like seeing how technology and scientific knowledge make an impact on peoples’ lives. And I get the most satisfaction from practical applications of our fundamental research,” he said.
Ma is a principal investigator at the Complex Fluids Laboratory of the University of Connecticut and is involved in several nanotechnology and 3D printing projects with a wide range of applications.