University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


Michael C. McAlpine
Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Kuhrmeyer Family Chair,
Mechanical Engineering

Office: ME 115
Phone: 612-626-3303

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Ph.D. 2006, Chemistry, Harvard University
B.S. 2000, Brown University

Research Interests

  • 3D printing functional materials & devices
  • Nanoscale inks
  • Biomedical devices
  • Bioelectronics
  • 3D printed electronics
  • Bioprinting


Selected Awards

  • George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research (2018)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2017)
  • National Academy of Sciences (NAS) - Kavli Frontiers Fellow (2016)
  • Extreme Mechanics Letters (EML) Young Investigator Award (2015)
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award (2014)
  • Graduate Mentoring Award in Engineering (2013)
  • DARPA Young Faculty Award (2012)
  • National Academy of Engineering (NAE) - Frontiers of Engineering (2011)
  • Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator Under 35 (2010)
  • AFOSR Young Investigator Award (2008)

Selected Publications

1. S. H. Park, R. Su, J. Jeong, S. Z. Guo, K. Qiu, D. Joung, F. Meng, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Polymer Photodetectors.” Adv. Mater. 30, 1803980 (2018).

2. Z. Zhu, S.-Z. Guo, T. Hirdler, C. Eide, X. Fan, J. Tolar, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Functional and Biological Materials on Moving Freeform Surfaces.” Adv. Mater. 30, 1707495 (2018). [Inside Back Cover]

3. B. N. Johnson, K. Z. Lancaster, G. Zhen, J. He, M. K. Gupta, Y. L. Kong, E. A. Engel, K. D. Krick, A. Ju, F. Meng, L. W. Enquist, X. Jia, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Anatomical Nerve Regeneration Pathways.” Adv. Funct. Mater. 25, 6205-6217 (2015).

4. Y. L. Kong, I. A. Tamargo, H. Kim, B. N. Johnson, M. K. Gupta, T.-W. Koh, H.-A. Chin, D. A. Steingart, B. P. Rand, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Quantum Dot Light-Emitting Diodes.” Nano Lett. 14, 7017-7023 (2014).

5. M. S. Mannoor, Z. Jiang, T. James, Y. L. Kong, K. A. Malatesta, W. O. Soboyejo, N. Verma, D. H. Gracias, M. C. McAlpine. “3D Printed Bionic Ears.” Nano Lett. 13, 2634-2639 (2013).

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