An all-liquid device was 3D printed by researchers at the Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The device can carry out complex chemical reactions on demand, such as screening drug candidates and making battery materials.
“What we demonstrated is remarkable. Our 3-D-printed device can be programmed to carry out multistep, complex chemical reactions on demand… What’s even more amazing is that this versatile platform can be reconfigured to efficiently and precisely combine molecules to form very specific products, such as organic battery materials,” said the leader of the study, Brett Helms who works as a staff scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and Molecular Foundry.
The researchers have previously been working on a number of experiments which fabricate all-liquid materials using 3D printing. For example, Helms worked on an investigation last year which developed a technique for printing liquid structures in other liquids using a 3D printer.