Iek Man Lei
• 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
Embedded 3D printing soft materials
'3D printing machine learning' co-modelling of the current spread in neuromodulation implants
*This work has been featured on Nature Communications Editors' Highlights, BBC Planet Earth Podcast, University of Cambridge Department of Engineering webpage and Cambridge Network.
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
Printing soft morphing systems
Development of a custom-built
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.
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)
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.