Jiang Lab

Soft Matter and Nano Engineering Laboratory

NASA ISGC (Iowa Space Grant Consortium) Base Program

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Nanomaterials for Advanced Manufacturing and Aeronautics (NAMA)

Our base program focuses on developing advanced nanomaterials (coatings, composites and nanoinks) that can directly address the challenges in the key research areas of aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD), including safety, protection, and autonomy. Integrating state-of-the-art synthesis, computer modeling, and advanced manufacturing. we will design nanoinks to be used in additive manufacturing for circuit repair and radiation protection, which will directly benefit efficiency and safety in aeronautics.

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REcyclables For Mission in Space (REFORMS)

Our project aims to pioneer a streamlined recycling process that takes input waste plastics and outputs 3D printed tools or components. We will engineer the three machines to achieve a seamless transfer of material, while the recycling process remains easy to operate. Near-automated recycling and small-scale manufacturing on the International Space Station (ISS) will considerably lessen astronauts' workload, aid in the repair of minor failures, and reduce plastics sent to the ISS by resupply shuttles.


  1. Prof. Shan Jiang, Materials Science & Engineering, Iowa State University
  2. Prof. Hantang Qin , Industrial & Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Iowa State University
  3. Prof. Liming Xiong , Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University


  1. Biobased Superhydrophobic Coating Enabled by Nanoparticle Assembly (Front Cover)
    E. Olson, J. Blisko, C. Du, Y. Liu, Y. Li, H. Thurber, G. Curtzwiler, J. Ren, M. Thuo, X. Yong, S. Jiang*, Nanoscale Advances 3, 4037 - 4047 (2021).[pdf]
  2. Self-Assembly in Biobased Nanocomposites for Multifunctionality and Improved Performance,
    E. Olson,F. Liu, J. Blisko, Y. Li, A. Tsyrenova, R. Mort, K. Vorst, G. Curtzwiler, X. Yong, S. Jiang*, Nanoscale Advances DOI: 10.1039/D1NA00391G (2021).
  3. Nanoink formulation design for electrohydrodynamic ink-jet printing
    Y. Huang, E. Olson, F. Liu, L. Jiang, X. Zhang, R. Mort, S. Jiang* and H. *Qin, Under Review (2021).
  4. Activation and assembly of plasmonic-magnetic nano-surfactants for encapsulation and triggered release
    F. Liu, Y. Li, Y. Huang, A. Tsyrenova, K. Miller, L. Zhou, H. Qin, S. Jiang*, Nano Lett. 20, 12, 8773 (2020).[pdf]
  5. Study Effects of Particle Size in Metal Nanoink for Electrohydrodynamic Inkjet Printing Through Analysis of Droplet Impact Behaviors
    Y. Huang, L. Jiang, B. Li, P. Premaratned, S. Jiang*, H. Qin*, J. Manuf. Process. 56, 1270 (2020).[pdf]
  6. Fabrication of Micro-scale Radiation Shielding Structures Using Tungsten Nanoink Through Electrohydrodynamic Inkjet Printing
    H. Lyu, X. Zhang, F. Liu; Y. Huang, S. Jiang*, H. Qin*, J. Micromech. Microeng 29 (11), 115004 (2019).


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Funding Support Acknowledgements

  • This project/material is based upon work supported by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium under NASA Award No. 80NSSC20M0107.”