Dr Sebastian Pattinson
University Lecturer in Manufacturing Processes, Systems and Organisations
Before joining the IfM, Sebastian was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT where he developed 1) new additively manufactured devices whose structure and composition are designed to improve interaction with the human body 2) scalable and sustainable methods for 3D printing cellulose, the world's most abundant organic polymer. He received PhD and Masters degrees in the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, where he developed synthesis methods to control the structure and function of nanomaterials. His awards include a UK Academy of Medical Sciences Springboard award; a US National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship; UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Grant; MIT Translational Fellowship; and a (Google) X Moonshot Fellowship. He has also recently won the top prize at both the MIT Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition and the MIT Materials Day Symposium for his work on additively manufactured mesh.
Additive manufacturing could significantly improve wearable and implantable devices by better mimicking the complexity and diversity of human bodies, yet novel processes and materials are needed to realize this potential. We use materials chemistry, additive manufacturing, as well as computational design and learning to produce new devices and materials whose structure is controlled from the nano- to the macro-scale for enhanced function.