Sobhani and industry team up to develop 3D-printed ceramics for clean energy with new grant

Above: Lithoz ceramic 3D printers/Source: Lithoz

Sadaf Sobhaniassistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is the principal investigator of a $50,000 FuzeHub grant to develop 3D-printed ceramics in collaboration with Lithoz Americaa ceramic 3D printing company, and Dimensional Energy, an energy startup.

Sobhani and his industrial partners will create 3D-printed ceramics that can be used to break down carbon emissions and convert them more efficiently into clean energy.

Dimensional Energy, founded and run by Cornellians, uses power reactors to convert carbon dioxide into chemicals that can then be turned into clean aviation fuel. Although the technology has received support from an airline and other investors, scaling it up remains a challenge.

“Excellent thermal properties and corrosion resistance make ceramics attractive for these reactors, but significant design constraints limit their actual performance. The freedom of design and choice of materials enabled by ceramic additive manufacturing will reduce the theory-performance gap to achieve the desired milestones.

– Sadaf Sobhani, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Developing 3D printed ceramics for clean energy

Sobhani previously collaborated with Lithoz America to investigate how a combination of computer modeling and 3D printing could be used to create highly customized ceramic structures capable of withstanding the high temperatures encountered in reactors and other industrial environments. In another research project, Sobhani highlighted the benefits of using 3D printing to rapidly prototype electrochemical reactors with unique shapes and designs that could optimize performance and conversion rates.

The FuzeHub grant will be used to create new advanced printable ceramics that can withstand the harsh operating environments of clean energy reactors, with a focus on specialized thermocatalytic reactors such as those used by Dimensional Energy.

Sobhani said, “I’m really looking forward to bringing our research to market, and in particular helping to create more environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals.

“Stronger domestic production supports a more resilient economy,” said in a funding announcement. “During this round of manufacturing grants, many of the projects selected involved advanced materials. supply chain, especially in these post-pandemic times.

– Elena Garuc, Executive Director, FuzeHub

The collaborative project is one of nine that recently received funding from FuzeHub, a nonprofit that provides resources to help New York businesses grow.

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