Vassili Karanassios

University of Waterloo, Canada
Presenter Bio

Vassili Karanassios is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) and a co-founder of a degree-program in nano-technology engineering at the same University.  Professor Karanassios received his Ph. D. from the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) and was a Post Doctoral Fellow at McGill University (Montreal, Canada).  In 2009, he held a Leverhulme award in the UK where he was a visiting Professor in Chemistry (Sheffield University), an Overseas Fellow of Churchill college (Cambridge University, UK), and a visiting Professor of Engineering (Cambridge University, UK) in the Center for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE).  Professor Karanassios and his group published (among others) on microfluidics and nanofluidics, on 3D printing and on rapid prototyping, on spectral interference correction using Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) and Deep Learning, and on smartphone-enabled data acquisition and signal-processing from a variety of sensors for on-site chemical analysis and (potentially) for IoT applications.

Abstract: 3D-printing: from technology to applications.
3D printing (considered by many as a transformative technology) and has been receiving significant attention in the scientific literature and the popular press.  Over the last several years, 3D printing has generated exciting business opportunities, interests, and prospects.  This rapidly evolving technology is capable of impacting many areas of Science (e.g., Physics, Chemistry and Biology), many branches of Engineering, and Medicine (including dentistry).  The ability to print (on-demand using relatively inexpensive printers) one-of-a-kind, personalized items will offer the foundation for a personalized future.  The aim of this tutorial is to provide a brief description of 3D-printing (including printing technology and materials), and to describe some selected applications.   Toward the end of the tutorial, future directions and the potential on societal and economic impacts of 3D printing will be described.

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