Mazzeo Research Group

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Rutgers University

 

Research Areas

Advanced manufacturing, design, disposable/flexible electronics, fluid-soft material interactions, centrifugal processing, mechatronics, soft robotics, additive manufacturing, and sensors

 

People

Principal Investigator

Aaron Mazzeo

 

Doctoral Students

Paul Ferri

Tongfen Liang (China Scholarship Council)

Jingjin Xie

Xiyue Zou (China Scholarship Council)

 

Masters Students

Saurabh Apte

Jacob Dick

Ajay Dusane

Arya Ghaseminejad

Lillian Wang                                                       

 

Undergraduate Students

Maame Assasie (Aresty Research Center)

Abdullah Ghani

Weijian Guo

Hillel Hochsztein

Salman Hoque (McNair Scholar)

Jesse Hubler

Muhammad (Mauroof) Khan

Jillian Maling (SLAAM and GSET mentor)

Nada Mohamed

Eric Ni

Asad Noorzaie

Urvish Patel

Aman Ramnani

Robert Randolph

Shivarth Popat

Gary Simmons (Aresty Research Center)

Mandev Singh (GSET mentor)

Saleh Tahir

Jonathan Tumalle (NJ Space Grant Consortium)

Brian Weil (visiting from Duke University)

Michael Yang

 

Alumni

Link

 

Innovations

2017 Paper-based Plasma Sanitizers Article YouTube Rutgers Today Science Update

2016 Rotary Motors for Soft Robots MaterialsViews YouTube Rutgers Today

2016 High-gravity Spreading of Liquid Puddles (with W. Choi) Article YouTube

2016 High-gravity Separation of Beads through Arrayed Posts (with G. Drazer) Article

2015 Control of Aerodynamic Flow/Forces with Pneumatic Elastomeric Actuators MaterialsViews

YouTube

 

Group News

2017 Dr. Meriem Akin from Leibniz Universitaet Hannover comes to Rutgers as a visiting scientist

2017 Jingjin Xie receives Student Travel Scholarship for FlexTech Flexible & Printed Electronics

Conference & Exhibition

2017 Bobby Randolph and Paul Ferri intern at NASA MSFC

2017 Jingjin Xie interns at Google

2017 Dongyang Yi will pursue a PhD at Northeastern University

2017 Jihyun Ryu will pursue a PhD at Drexel

2017 Chuyang Chen (CC) will pursue a PhD at Georgia Tech

2017 Ben Hogan will pursue a PhD at Dartmouth

2017 Ben Hogan graduates as a J. J. Slade Scholar

2016 Tongfen Liang presents at MRS in Boston, MA

2016 Xiyue Zou presents a poster at MRS in Boston, MA

2016 Tongfen Liang collaborates with Professor Bill Sampson at the University of Manchester (GAIA)

2016 Xiyue Zou, Tongfen Liang, and Lillian Wang present posters at the Colgate / Rutgers University

Alliances Event

2016 Ben Hogan interns at NASA MSFC

2016 Jingjin Xie interns at Google

2016 Aresty-Byrne Seminar students demonstrate their paper-based electronics for Rutgers Today

2016 Jacob Dick graduates as a J. J. Slade Scholar

2016 Alex Hobbs will pursue a PhD at Stanford

2016 Jihyun Ryu defends thesis and receives MS

2016 Jingjin Xie presents an invited poster at the 2016 Johnson & Johnson Engineering Showcase

2016 Saugata Dutt defends thesis and receives MS

More Group News

 

Support

Rutgers University

School of Engineering

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University Research Council

Byrne Seminars

Aresty Research Center

Honors College

The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs

A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship

NASA

NSF

 

Publications

More Publications

Selected Journal Articles

  1. “Using explosions to power a soft robot.” R. F. Shepherd, A. A. Stokes, J. Freake, J. Barber, P. W. Snyder, A. D. Mazzeo, L. Cademartiri, S. A. Morin, and G. M. Whitesides. Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Vol. 52, Issue 10, pp. 2892-2896, 2013.  Online Record  Link  Nature News  Harvard Gazette

 

  1. “Centrifugal casting of microfluidic components with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS).”  A. D. Mazzeo and David E. Hardt. ASME Journal of Micro and Nano-Manufacturing. Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 1-8, 2013.  Online Record  Link

 

  1. “Paper-based electroanalytical devices for accessible diagnostic testing.” E. J. Maxwell, A. D. Mazzeo, and G. M. Whitesides. MRS Bulletin.  Vol. 38, Issue 4, pp. 309-314, 2013.  Online Record 

 

  1. “Platform for high-throughput testing of the effect of soluble compounds on 3D cell cultures.” F. Deiss, A. Mazzeo, E. Hong, D. E. Ingber, R. Derda, and G. M. Whitesides. Analytical Chemistry. Vol. 85, Issue 17, 2013.  Online Record

 

  1. “Polymer-based mesh as supports for multi-layered 3D cell culture and assays.” K. A. Simon, K. M. Park, B. Mosadegh, A. B. Subramaniam, A. D. Mazzeo, P. M. Ngo, and G. M. Whitesides. Biomaterials. Vol. 35, Issue 1, 2014.  Online Record

 

  1. “Control of soft machines using actuators operated by a Braille display.” B. Mosadegh, A. D. Mazzeo, R. F. Shepherd, S. A. Morin, U. Gupta, I. Z. Sani, D. Lai, S. Takayama, and G. M. Whitesides. Lab on a Chip. Vol. 14, pp.189-199, 2014.  Online Record  YouTube

 

  1. “Elastomeric actuators on airfoils for aerodynamic control of lift and drag.” J. Xie, J. B. McGovern, R. Patel, W. Kim, S. Dutt, and A. D. Mazzeo. Advanced Engineering Materials. Vol. 17, pp. 951-960, 2015.  Online Record  Back Cover  Manuscript  MaterialsViews  YouTube

 

  1. “Centrifuge-based deterministic lateral displacement separation.” M. Jiang, A. D. Mazzeo, and G. Drazer. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. Vol. 20, 2016.  Online Record  arXiv.org

 

  1. “High-gravity spreading of liquid puddles on wetting flexible substrates.” C. Yang, A. Burrous, J. Xie, H. Shaikh, A. Elike-Avion, L Rojas Rodriguez, A. Ramachandran, W. Choi, and A. D. Mazzeo. Applied Physics Letters. Vol. 108, No. 7, 2016. Online Record  arXiv.org  Manuscript  YouTube

 

  1. “Rotary actuators based on pneumatically driven elastomeric structures.” X. Gong, K. Yang, J. Xie, Y. Wang, Y. Wang, P Kulkarni, A. S. Hobbs, and A. D. Mazzeo. Advanced Materials. Vol. 28, Issue 34, pp. 7533-7538, 2016. Online Record  YouTube  Manuscript  MaterialsViews  Rutgers Today  Nature Research Highlights  IEEE Spectrum  phys.org  Silicon Republic  ScienceDaily  UPI  Science Newsline  Digital Trends

 

  1. “Paper-based Plasma Sanitizers.” J. Xie, Q. Chen, P. Suresh, S. Roy, J. F. White, and A. D. Mazzeo. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Vol. 114, No. 20, 2017. Online Record  YouTube  Manuscript  Rutgers Today  Science Update  Digital Trends  phys.org  ScienceDaily

 

Selected Articles in Compiled Works

2.     “Concepts for in-space additive manufacturing of thermal-curing thermosets and embedded wireless sensors.” A. D. Mazzeo, P. V. Hull, A. C. Few, and J. D. Waggoner.  Marshall Space Flight Center Faculty Fellowship Program NASA/TM – 2015 – 218216, Compiler: N. F. Six, 2015. Online Record Link

 

3.     “Modeling of inductive coupling for close-proximity, wireless sensors.” A. D. Mazzeo and P. V. Hull.  Marshall Space Flight Center Faculty Fellowship Program NASA/TM – 2017 – 218234, Program Director: N. F. Six, Compiler: G. Karr, 2017. Online Record Link     

 

Selected Conference Proceedings

  1. “A flexible future for paper-based electronics.” T. Liang, X. Zou, and A. D. Mazzeo. Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications VIII, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 9836, DOI: 10.1117/12.2224391, 2016.  Online Record

 

Selected Published Patents

  1. “Soft robotic actuators.” F. Ilievski, X. Chen, A. D. Mazzeo, G. M. Whitesides, R. Shepherd, R. Martinez, W. Choi, S. W. Kwok, S Morin, A Stokes, Z. Nie. Granted on 10/11/2016. Online Record

 

  1. “Capacitive, paper-based accelerometers and touch sensors.” A. D. Mazzeo, L. Chan, W. B. Kalb, X. Liu, B. A. Mazzeo, and G. M. Whitesides. Publication number: WO2013063445 A3. Filed on 10/26/2012.  Published on 8/8/2013. Online Record

 

  1. “Manipulation of flames and related methods and apparatus.” L. Cademartiri, C. R. Mace, R. F. Shepherd, K. J. Bishop, R. C. Chiechi, and G. M. Whitesides. Publication number: WO2013052171 A3. Filed on 5/31/2012. Published on 6/20/2013.  Online Record

 

  1. “Flexible robotic actuators.” A. D. Mazzeo, S. A. Morin, R. F. Shepherd, G. M. Whitesides, and W. B. Kalb. Granted on 11/29/2016.  Online Record

 

More Publications

 

 

Selected Invited Talks

“Microfluidic, Electronic, and Robotic Systems with Soft or Flexible Structures”, Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College, April 2012.  YouTube

“Centrifugal processing of soft material-based systems.” Naval Research Laboratory, April

2013.

“Centrifugal processing of soft material-based systems.” Materials Science and Engineering, Rutgers University, April 2013.

“Capacitive Sensing and Fabrication of Paper-based, Touch Pads.” FlexTech Alliance Building Electronics on Paper – Why, How, and Who, Kalamazoo, MI, August, 2013.

“Centrifugal processing of soft material-based systems.” Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, September 2013.

“Centrifugal processing of soft material-based systems.” Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, November 2013.

“Experimental Observations for the Dynamic Spreading of Liquid Puddles.” Lab for Surface Modification, Rutgers University, October 2014.

“Elastomeric Actuators for the Study of Fluid-Soft Materials Interactions and Locomotion.” Rutgers Robotics Workshop, February, 2015.  Online Record

“Tuning Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Paper for Disposable Devices”, EMRS 2015, Lille, France, May, 2015.  Online Record

“Tuning Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Paper for Disposable Devices.” TAPPI 2015 International Nanotechnology Conference for Renewable Materials, Atlanta, Georgia, June, 2015.

“Enabling Skin-like Devices with Paper-based Electronics”, SPIE DSS 2016, Baltimore, MD, April, 2016.

 

Selected Organizational Activities

ASME IMECE 2014 Topic 2-3: “Material Processing of Flexible Electronic Devices and Sensors”,

November, 2014.  Link

ASME IMECE 2015 Topic 11-15: “Material Processing of Flexible Electronics, Sensors, and Devices”,

November, 2015.  Link

MRS Fall Meeting 2015 Symposium I: Nanocellulose Materials and Beyond—Nanoscience, Structures,

Devices and Nanomanufacturing”, November, 2015.  Link

ASME IMECE 2016 Topic 11-15: “Material Processing of Flexible Electronics, Sensors, and Devices”,

November, 2015.  Link

NSF-sponsored Workshop on “Papertronics: Paper-based Electronics for the 21st Century”, 2016.  Link

 

Selected Educational Activities

NJ Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology (Summer 2013)

“Centrifugal Molding of Elastomeric Robots” Link  NorthJersey.com

Rutgers Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program (Summer 2013)

“Soft, Inflatable Actuators for Kite-based Energy Harvesting”, Taneisha Gordon Link

Rutgers University Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (Summer 2013)

NJ Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology (Summer 2014)

“Elastomeric Actuators for Kite-based Energy Harvesting” Link 

Rutgers Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program (Summer 2014)

“Energy Harvesting with Inflatable Structures”, Tara Nealon Link

Rutgers University Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (Summer 2014)

NJ Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology (Summer 2015)

Rutgers Green Energy Technology Undergraduate Program (Summer 2015)

“Energy Harvesting with Inflatable Windbelts”, John Sperduto Link

Rutgers University Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering (Summer 2015)

NJ Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology (Summer 2016)

 

 

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae for Aaron D. Mazzeo

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, June 2009

Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering, June 2005
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, June 2003

 

Research Experience

Rutgers University, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Assistant Professor (Sep 2012-present)

·    Elastomeric Inflatable Structures for Fluid-Soft Material Interactions

·    Centrifugal Processing of Materials

·    Disposable Flexible Electronics

·    Embedded Wireless Sensing (collaboration with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)

·    In-Space Additive Manufacturing (collaboration with NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)

 

Harvard University, Whitesides Group, Postdoctoral Fellow (Aug 2009-May 2012)

Advisor: George M. Whitesides (Dept. of Chemistry and Chemical Biology)

·    Paper-based Electronics and MEMS

·    Low-cost, Paper-based Diagnostics and Manipulation of Cells

·    Soft Robots

·    Acoustic and Electric Extinction of Flames

·    InfoChemistry/InfoBiology

·    Self-assembly of Optical Components

 

MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Postdoctoral Associate (Jun 2009-Aug 2009)

Advisor: David E. Hardt (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

·    Double-sided Centrifugal Casting of Microfluidic Devices

 

MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Research Assistant (Sep 2006-Jun 2009)

Advisor: David E. Hardt (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

·    Centrifugal Casting and Fast Curing of Microfluidic Components

·    Numerical Simulations for Removal of Bubbles in Centrifugal Casting

·    Liquid-based Molding and Demolding of Components

·    Metrology of Micro-molded Features

·    Hot Embossing of Microfluidic Components

 

Fusion Optix, Startup Company Employee (Jun 2005-Aug 2006)

Managers: Chris Scott and Zane Coleman

·    Films of Thermoplastic Blends for Optical Scattering

 

MIT Precision Motion Control Lab, Research Assistant (Sep 2003-Jun 2005)

Advisor: David L. Trumper (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

·    Accurate Capacitive Metrology for Atomic Force Microscopy

·    Fabrication of Low-cost Scanning Probes for Atomic Force Microscopy

 

MIT Bioinstrumentation Lab, Senior Thesis Student (Sep 2002-May 2003)

Advisor: Ian Hunter (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

·    Bellows for a Portable, Drug Delivery System

 

MIT, Undergraduate Researcher or UROP (Sep 2001-May 2002)

Advisor: Frank McClintock (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)

·    Slip Line Fracture Mechanics

 

Research Internships at ASML (twice) and Milliken Research Corporation

 

Awards/Honors

NSF CAREER Award (2017)

Rutgers Engineering Governing Council’s (EGC) Professor of the Year for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2016)

Rutgers Honors College Faculty Fellow (2015-)

NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Faculty Fellowship (2015, 2016)

Rutgers Engineering Governing Council’s (EGC) Teaching Award in Excellence for Mechanical

and Aerospace Engineering (2015)

Rutgers School of Engineering’s A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship Award (2014)

NSF Travel Grant for the ASME IMECE 2011 Micro/Nano Poster Forum (2011)

Runner-up at DARPA’s Info Chemistry II (2009)

NSF Travel Grant for ISNM in Singapore (2008)

MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering Nominee (within MIT) for King Abdullah Scholar

Award (2007)

Semi-finalist, MIT 6.270 Autonomous Robotic Design Competition (2003)

MIT Class of 1950 Scholar (2001-2003)

 

Courses

650:342 Design of Mechanical Components (Fall 2012)

650:342 Design of Mechanical Components (Spring 2013)

650:342 Design of Mechanical Components (Fall 2013)

650:606:02 Soft Sensors and Actuators (Spring 2014)

650:342 Design of Mechanical Components (Fall 2014)

650:291 Introduction to Mechanics of Materials (Spring 2015)

650:342 Design of Mechanical Components (Fall 2015)

Honors College Seminar: Paper-based Electronics and Art (Fall 2015)

650:291 Introduction to Mechanics of Materials (Spring 2016)

Aresty-Byrne Seminar: Paper-based Electronics and Art (Spring 2016)

650:342 Design of Mechanical Components (Fall 2016)

Aresty-Byrne Seminar: Paper-based Electronics and Art (Fall 2016)

650:522 Analytical Dynamics (Spring 2017)

 

 

Contact Information

Aaron Mazzeo

Assistant Professor

aaron dot mazzeo at rutgers dot edu

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

98 Brett Road

Piscataway, NJ 08854

Phone: 1-848-228-2498

 

 

 

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