Dr. Christopher M. Spadaccini is currently the Principal Investigator of several advanced materials and additive manufacturing projects at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He is also the founder and director of a new additive manufacturing and process development center at LLNL. The work in these laboratories focuses on developing next generation additive processes which are capable of micro- and nano-scale features and have the ability to create components with mixtures of materials ranging from polymers to metals and ceramics. Development of these processes also involves the synthesis and materials science of feedstocks such as photopolymers and nanoparticles. These capabilities are utilized to fabricate microarchitected materials with unique designer properties such as negative thermal expansion or ultra-light weight materials with a high stiffness.
Dr. Spadaccini has been a member of the technical staff in the Materials Engineering Division at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the past ten years. He received the S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1997, 1999, and 2004 respectively. He has authored over four dozen journal and conference publications, three book chapters, has multiple patents awarded, and has several patents under review. Dr. Spadaccini is also a part-time lecturer at the San Jose State University in the Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department where he teaches graduate courses in advanced transport phenomena.