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Assistant Professor Hortense Le Ferrand

Phone: (+65) 6790 6239
Office: N3-02b-54
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Current Research Interests

Dr. Le Ferrand’s research is focused on the design and fabrication of hard and dense composite and ceramic materials and structures able to achieve new combinations of structural and functional properties. The materials and structures to deliver have applications in biomedical, robotics and aerospace industries. Areas of current interest are:

  • Controlled manipulation of nano and microparticles
  • Development of novel additive manufacturing technologies for dense composites
  • Investigation of densification methods in complex-shaped hierarchical matter
  • Relationships microstructural design, composition and density, and macroscopic properties
  • Multi-scale characterization methods.

Biographical Information

Dr. Le Ferrand received an Ingénieur Degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle de la ville de Paris (ESPCI Paris), France in 2012 and a Master Degree in Materials Science from ETH Zürich (Switzerland) in 2013. In January 2017, she graduated from ETH Zürich with a PhD in Materials Science on the fabrication of bio-inspired materials. Before joining the Center for Biomimetic Sensor Science at NTU as a visiting postdoctoral scholar, she stayed at the school of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University, IN, USA to study morphing structures. Since 2019, she joined the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and School of Materials Science and Engineering of NTU as an assistant professor.

Selected Publications

1. H. Le Ferrand, External fields for the fabrication of highly mineralized hierarchical architectures, J. Mater. Res. (2018).

2. J. Schmied*, H. Le Ferrand*, P. Ermanni, A.R. Studart, A.F. Arrieta, Programmable snapping composites with bio-inspired architecture, Bioinsp. Biomim. 12 (2017).

3. F. Bargardi*, H. Le Ferrand*, R. Libanori, A.R. Studart, Bio-inspired self-shaping ceramics, Nature Communications 7 (2016).

4. H. Le Ferrand, S. Bolisetty, A.F. Demirörs, R. Libanori, A.R. Studart, R. Mezzenga, Magnetic assembly of transparent and conducting graphene-based functional composites, Nature Communications 7 (2016).

5. H. Le Ferrand*, F. Bouville*, T.P. Niebel, A.R. Studart, Magnetically assisted slip-casting of bio-inspired heterogeneous composites, Nature Materials 14 (2015).