Additive manufacture of three dimensional nanocomposite based objects through multiphoton fabrication

Yaan Liu, Qin Hu, Fan Zhang, Christopher Tuck, Derek Irvine, Richard Hague, Yinfeng He, Marco Simonelli, Graham A. Rance, Emily F. Smith, Ricky D. Wildman

Research output: Journal PublicationArticlepeer-review

19 Citations (Scopus)


Three-dimensional structures prepared from a gold-polymer composite formulation have been fabricated using multiphoton lithography. In this process, gold nanoparticles were simultaneously formed through photoreduction whilst polymerisation of two possible monomers was promoted. The monomers, trimethylopropane triacrylate (TMPTA) and pentaerythritol triacrylate (PETA) were mixed with a gold salt, but it was found that the addition of a ruthenium(II) complex enhanced both the geometrical uniformity and integrity of the polymerised/reduced material, enabling the first production of 3D gold-polymer structures by single step multiphoton lithography.

Original languageEnglish
Article number325
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • 3D printing
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Gold nanoparticles
  • Metal reduction
  • Multiphoton fabrication (MF)
  • Nanocomposite
  • Polymerisation
  • Two-photon lithography (TPL)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics


Dive into the research topics of 'Additive manufacture of three dimensional nanocomposite based objects through multiphoton fabrication'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this