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Iek Man Lei

• Assistant Professor, Department of Electromechanical Engineering, University of Macau

• Postdoctoral researcher, SUSTech

PhD in Engineering, University of Cambridge. 

MEng (incorporating Bachelor's study) in Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

 (1st class honours for four years) 

  

 

Research interests center around advanced fabrication approach of soft materials to engender an integration of forms and functionalities.  

• Engineering of soft materials

   (e.g. Bioinspired materials, Metamaterials)

• Soft material fabrication technology

   (e.g. additive manufacturing)

• Soft robotic devices and intelligent systems

Research interest

Research interest

Research interest

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Embedded 3D printing soft materials

'3D printing machine learning' co-modelling of the current spread in neuromodulation implants

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I.M. Lei, C. Jiang, et al. (2021) 3D printed biomimetic cochleae and machine learning co-modelling provides clinical informatics for cochlear implant patients. (Nat. Commun., 2021) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-26491-6
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Printing soft morphing systems

Development of a custom-built

bioprinting platform

I.M. Lei,  (2022) A hackable, multi-functional, and modular extrusion 3D printer for soft materials. (Sci. Rep., 2022) https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-16008-6

Open source project. All CAD designs, codes and assembly guideline are on Github.  
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Outreach

Publications

1.  I.M. Lei, C. Jiang, Y.Y.S. Huang, et al. (2021) 3D printed biomimetic cochleae and machine learning co-modelling provides clinical informatics for cochlear implant patients. Nat. Commun. 
2.  P. Zhang, I. M. Lei, J. Liu, et al. (2022). Integrated 3D Printing of Flexible Electroluminescent Devices and Soft Robots, Nat. Commun. (In press)

3. I.M. Lei Y.Y.S. Huang, et al. (2022) A hackable, multi-functional, and modular extrusion 3D printer for soft materials. Sci. Rep.

4. X. Chen, J. Zhang, G. Chen, Y. Xue, J. Zhang, X. Liang, I.M. Lei, J. Liu, et al. (2022) Hydrogel Bioadhesives with Extreme Acid‐Tolerance for Gastric Perforation Repairing. Adv. Funct. Mater. 

5. J. Zhang, Y. Wang, J. Zhang, I.M. Lei, J. Liu, et al. (2022) Robust Hydrogel Adhesion by Harnessing Bioinspired Interfacial Mineralization. Small. 

6. D. Zhang, Y. Sheng, N. Piano, T. Jakuszeit, E. Cozens, L. Dong, A. Buell, A. Pollet, I.M.Lei, Y.Y.S. Huang, et al. (2022) Cancer cell migration on straight, wavy, loop and grid microfibre patterns. Biofabrication.

7. C.L.C. Chan, I.M. Lei, S. Vignolini, et al. (2021) 3D printing of liquid crystalline hydroxypropyl cellulose – towards tunable and sustainable volumetric photonic structures. Adv. Funct. Mater.
8. S. Fathi, I.M. Lei, Y.Y.S. Huang. (2021) Visualizing cell extrusion deposition through a microcapillary tip with picolitre resolution. (Under Review)
9. Z. Li, I.M. Lei, Y. Y. S. Huang, et al. (2019) Solution Formulation and Rheology for Fabricating Extracellular Matrix-Derived Fibers Using Low-Voltage Electrospinning Patterning. ACS Biomater Sci Eng.
10. Z. Li, J. Tuffin, I.M. Lei, Y.Y.S. Huang, et al. (2018) Solution fibre spinning technique for the fabrication of tuneable decellularised matrix-laden fibres and fibrous micromembranes. Acta Biomater. 78:111-122.

Awards

2021                        Selected participant at Global Young Scientist Summit, 2022
2017 - 2021            W D Armstrong Studentship, University of Cambridge
2021                        Best graduate student award in the International Society for Biofabrication Twitter conference
2020                        
CSAR PhD students award for outstanding research with real world application
2017 - 2019            Macao Postgraduate Scholarship, Macao 

2012 - 2015            Special Scholarship of Macao Foundation, Macao 

Conferences

2021                        TERMIS - 6th World Congress (oral presentation)
2021                        International Society for Biofabrication Twitter Conference -
Best graduate student award
2020                        World Biomaterials Congress (oral presentation)
2020                        MRS Fall meeting (poster)

2019                        MRS Fall meeting, Boston (poster)
2019                        
BioMedEng19, 
London (oral presentation)
2019                        Joint conference of TCES and UKSB,
Nottingham (poster)
2018                        Conference of the European society for biomaterials (ESB),
Maastricht (poster)