Special Issue: The Role of Additive Manufacturing in Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies

Guest Editors

Dr. Tej Nath Lamichhane
Oak Ridge National Lab – Chemical Science Division, USA
Email: lamichhanetn@ornl.gov

Dr. Wan Shou
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, USA
Email: wanshou@mit.edu

Dr. Kun (Kelvin) Fu
University of Delaware – Department of Mechanical Engineering, USA
Email: kfu@udel.edu

Dr. Zhongji Sun
Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH – Department of Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design, Germany
Email: z.sun@mpie.de

Manuscript Topics

We would like to invite authors to contribute to this special issue titled “The Role of Additive Manufacturing in Sustainable Manufacturing and Recycling Technologies”. Additive manufacturing is a disruptive technology that can revolutionize the manufacturing processes by enabling decentralized autonomous production, waste reduction, critical resources preservation, and process automation. The US Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and National Science Foundation have set a high research priority for additive manufacturing (Link). Several corporate sectors are already embracing additive technology to a boom (Link). Moreover, future strategists such as RAND corporation (Link) deemed additive manufacturing a technique to be evolved and monitored properly for national security. With such an appealing prospect, we are launching this special issue to gather up-to-date knowledge in the broad scientific area of additive manufacturing for sustainability.

Topics of Interest

This special issue will cover the cutting-edge research on additive manufacturing technologies and their assessments pertaining to sustainability, clean energies, and recycling. The core aim of the special issue will be to highlight the latest progress of additive manufacturing on waste reduction, recycling, sustainable manufacturing, and clean energy applications. Researchers in all areas of additive manufacturing are encouraged to submit their original research articles or critical review papers. Covered topics include, but are not limited to

(1) Demonstration of wastage free or reduced waste manufacturing of advanced clean energies functional materials such as permanent magnets, soft magnets, battery materials, and hydrogen storage (sustainable/recyclable materials for AM)
(2) State of art additive manufacturing of electric motors, actuators, wind turbines and its components (AM for functional devices)
(3) Additive manufacturing in construction sector including carbon capture, conversion, storage, and insulation (AM for reduced carbon)
(4) Role of additive manufacturing in recycling of polymers to produce feedstocks, permanent magnets, plastic wastes, Li-ion batteries (AM for recycling)
(5) Role of additive manufacturing in sourcing local indigenous materials to produce or recycle household or industrial products for low carbon footprint, decentralized, and autonomous supply chains
(6) Improvement of metal recycling through rapid solute trapping via additive manufacturing.

Editors' Information

Tej Nath Lamichhane
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Oak Ridge National Lab
Dr. Lamichhane is currently a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Chemical Science Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. His research interest is focused on design, discovery, characterization of novel functional materials to promote sustainability and energy efficiency.  His current research is focused on additive manufacturing of hard and soft magnetic materials and their integration in high performance electrical machines, lithium recovery from geothermal brines and lechantes and building insulation materials. He obtained his PhD in 2019 from Iowa State University. His PhD research was focused on exploratory synthesis of critical rare-earth free ferromagnetic materials synthesis and characterization for permanent magnet materials.

Wan Shou
Postdoctoral Associate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Wan Shou is a postdoctoral researcher in the Computational Design and Fabrication Group of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology (MST) in 2018. During his Ph.D., he focused on laser-aided micro/nano-manufacturing using functional materials for micro/nano-electronics. Currently, he is working on machine learning assisted materials discovery and properties optimization in combination with 3D printing, as well as smart wearable sensing systems for human and robot activity study. He has published over 36 journal articles (four of them were featured as front covers, including Nature Electronics and Advanced Materials) and a book chapter. He has also filed 5 US patents. His work has been widely reported by MIT news, R&D Magazine, Tech Xplore, Science Daily, phys.org, etc. His research aims to advance functional, scalable, sustainable, and smart manufacturing.

Kun (Kelvin) Fu
Assistant professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
Kun (Kelvin) Fu is an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware in the US, and also an affiliated professor in the UD Center for Composite Materials (CCM). Fu leads Composites & Additive Manufacturing (CAM) Laboratory at UD. His current research is focused on Materials and Manufacturing Innovation in multiscale composite design, manufacturing, and applications.

Zhongji Sun
Postdoctoral Researcher
Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH
Dr. Zhongji Sun is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design at Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH (MPIE). He obtained his PhD degree in 2020 from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. His research mainly focuses on the enhancement of mechanical properties for metallic parts built via additive manufacturing. This includes multi-material fabrication, microstructural control and alloy design. Currently, he is working to discover new nickel-based superalloys and high-entropy alloys for environmentally challenging conditions.

Instruction for Authors
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Paper Submission

All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed before their acceptance for publication. The deadline for manuscript submission is 15 September 2021

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