Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor, TU Delft
Chaired Prof of Biomaterials & Tissue Biomechanics, TUDelft
Professor of Orthopedics, Leiden University Medical Center
Director of the Additive Manufacturing Lab
Director of Biomedical Engineering Education

Department of Biomechanical Engineering,
Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime, and Materials Engineering,
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
Mekelweg 2, Delft 2628CD, The Netherlands
Room:   E-3-290 
Phone:  +31 15-27 81021
Fax:      +31 15-27 84717
e-mail: a [dot] a [dot] zadpoor [at_sign] tudelft [dot] nl
  Vidi and Veni laureate     ERC project: Bio-origami 
  • Our paper has been featured on the cover of Nanoscale:
  • Our paper has been featured on the cover of Biomaterials Science:
  • Our ventilator project is highlighted by TU Delft TV. Read the associated feature article in TU Delta:

YouTube Video

  • Prototype 2 of our ventilator project is up and running

YouTube Video

  • Prototype 1 of our ventilator is currently being tested:

YouTube Video

  • My review paper on meta-biomaterials (a summary of my Jean Leray Award Lecture, European Society of Biomaterials) has been featured on the cover of Biomaterials Science.
  • Our paper is featured on the cover of Advanced Materials Interfaces.
  • My review paper is featured on the cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry B.

  • Our origami creatures are featured on the cover of the Dutch physics magazine.
  • We have found a way to self-fold minimal surfaces from a flat state. The results are published in a paper in Applied Material Today (download the freely available paper here). See the related video below:

Folding of TPMS

  • MRS Bulletin has published a news article featuring our paper on the rational design of multi-material mechanical metamaterials.
  • MRS Bulletin has published a news article featuring our paper on multiscale modeling of fatigue crack propagation in additively manufactured porous biomaterials.
  • Honored and humbled to have been selected by our students as the best lecturer of the program "Biomedical Engineering" at TUDelft!
  • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) just released the names of the researchers granted the prestigious Vidi award (800,000 Euro). I am happy to be among those Vidi laureates. I will use the awarded funds to develop the next generation of implantable medical devices.

  • Our paper is featured on the cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry B

Watch the related video:

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    • MRS Bulletin just published a news article featuring our recent paper in Science Advances. The news article describes how "origami lattices from flat sheets and patterning yield metamaterials with exotic functions" 
    • Our paper is featured on the cover of Materials Horizons


    • Our paper is featured on the cover of Materials Horizons
    • Our paper is featured on the cover of Journal of Materials Chemistry B
    • My PhD student, Vahid Arbabi, was awarded the runner-up prize for the best PhD thesis by European Society of Biomechanics (ESB).

    • Dutch national TV (NPO2) broadcasts a coverage of our research on additively manufactured implants within the prestigious program "De Kennis van Nu". See the coverage here:

    YouTube Video

    • The special issue of Annals of Biomedical Engineering on additive manufacturing (Bioprinting) of tissues, organs, and biomaterials, which I guest edited, is published. It includes an extended editorial reviewing the applications of 3D printing in healthcare.
    • The German magazine European Hospital features my lab (Additive Manufacturing Lab @TUDelft) in their latest issue
    • In its November 2016 issue, MRS Bulletin (one of the most highly respected journals in advanced materials research) published a story covering our recent paper in Materials Horizons.
    • Shape-shifting soft materials developed in our lab are featured on the cover of Materials Horizons
    • Our researched featured on the cover of Materials Horizons
    Additively manufactured (3D printed) mechanical meta-materials fabricated in our lab is featured on the cover of Materials Horizons, the flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

    • Received the Early Career Researcher Award 

    Press release by Elsevier: Dr. Amir A. Zadpoor has received the Early Career Researcher Award on the 6th International Conference on Mechanics of Biomaterials and Tissues held in Waikoloa, Hawaii, USA from 6-10 December 2015. This is the first award of the journal of this sort with the purpose of identifying young outstanding researchers in the research fields the journal covers, and inviting them to be involved in the journal both as special issue editors and board members.

    • ERC grant

    Press release by TU Delft: 3D printing meets origami (BIO-ORIGAMI)

    Complete regeneration of functional tissues is the holy grail of tissue engineering and could revolutionise treatment of many diseases. Effective tissue regeneration often calls for multi-functional biomaterials. Ideally, these porous biomaterials should be optimised not only in terms of their 3D structure but also in terms of their surface nano-topography.
    3D printing enables us to create very complex 3D structures, but the access to the surface is very limited during the 3D printing process. Nanolithography techniques enable the generation of very complex surface nano-topographies but generally only on flat surfaces. There is currently no way of combining arbitrarily complex 3D structures with arbitrarily complex surface nano-topographies.
    In this project, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding (i.e. origami) is used to solve this deadlock. In this approach, flat surfaces are first 3D printed in a particular way to teach them how to self-fold. The flat surface is then decorated with complex nano-topographies. Finally, the self-folding mechanism is activated to enable folding of the flat sheet and the formation of complex 3D structures.

    • Special issue on  Mechanics of Additively Manufactured Biomaterials and Implants

    Additive manufacturing (AM) has emerged as a powerful technique for manufacturing of various types of biomaterials and implants. Using AM, it is now possible to fabricate biomaterials with arbitrarily complex shapes at different scales. The inventory of biomaterials that can be used in this way continues to increase, extending the possible range of products and applications. The mechanical properties of the resulting materials and implants are of utmost importance, not only because a certain level of mechanical support is needed in most applications but also because the distribution of mechanical properties could significantly influence tissue regeneration performance and osseointegration. Moreover, the mechanical properties of biodegradable biomaterials tend to change over time, as biodegradation progresses. AM allows precise control of microarchitecture in porous biomaterials, which has been shown to strongly affect mechanical behavior. We believe that this is a good time to produce a special issue which brings together the latest work on biomaterials made using AM and their mechanical properties. The topics covered by the special issue include (but are not limited to):

    • Mechanical properties of AM porous biomaterials
    • Relationship between processing parameters, micro-structure, and mechanical properties of AM biomaterialsDevelopments of new
    • AM techniques to improve or adjust the mechanical properties of biomaterial
    • AM implants
    • New materials for AM with novel properties
    • Mechanical properties of biodegradable biomaterials fabricated using AM
    • Shape-property relationships in AM biomaterials
    • Mechanical interactions, osseointegration, and tissue regeneration of AM biomaterials

    Manuscript Submission:

    Manuscripts should be formatted and be submitted online according to the instructions for Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials at http://www.elsevier.com/journals/journal-of-the-mechanical-behavior-of-biomedical-materials/1751-6161/guide-for-authors . The authors must select “SI: AM biomaterials” when specifying the “Article Type” in the submission system via http://ees.elsevier.com/jmbbm/default.asp. All submissions will undergo the peer review process.


    Submission start: 1 November 2015
    Submission deadline: 15 January 2016
    Acceptance deadline: 30 June 2016
    Expected publication of the special issue: August/September 2016

    Guest Editors:

    Amir A Zadpoor, Delft University of Technology

    David Taylor, Trinity College Dublin

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