At Carnegie Mellon, Panat works on micro-scale additive manufacturing, flexible and printed microelectronics, and advanced energy materials. His research aims to enhance fundamental scientific knowledge and create engineering breakthroughs for several important applications. For example, the Panat group recently mimicked the natural process of the formation of desert roses in the Namibian desert to develop a breakthrough additive manufacturing method that can make 3-D hierarchical materials with structural control from hundreds of nanometers to several millimeters. Such designer materials can lead to unusual mechanical properties such as high strength but ultra-low weight. His research has also helped in realizing high-performance high-temperature sensors and improved energy storage solutions.
- additive manufacturing
- advanced manufacturing
- biomedical engineering
- devices and material manipulation
- materials for energy efficiency
- materials science & engineering
- medical device manufacturing
- medical devices
- microstructural science
- neural probes
Advanced Manufacturing Using Nanoscale 3D Printing
2004 Ph.D., Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1999 MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
1997 BS, Mechanical Engineering, Pune University
Design and build
Engineering students present innovative technical projects at the Mechanical Engineering Design Expo and Build18.
Panat’s 3D printed battery could help Pittsburgh build a greener grid
A new 3D printed battery design created by MechE’s Rahul Panat that provides a higher energy density and more design options than traditional batteries could prove a significant contribution toward creating a greener grid for Pittsburgh.
Panat energizes 3D-printed batteries
Forbes reported on Rahul Panat's work with 3D printing batteries, which will enable batteries to hold charges longer and more effectively charge.
3-D printing remakes the strain gauge
Rahul Panat and a team of researchers from CMU, WSU, and UT-El Paso have developed a new 3-D printing technique for manufacturing strain gauges that breaks the Poisson Ratio by 40%.
Panat talks stainless steel 3-D printing
Material scientists at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California came up with a successful approach to reproducing stainless steel by designing a computer-controlled process to tightly control the microscopic structure. MechE’s Rahul Panat is particularly intrigued by the scientists’ use of a commercially available 3D printer and laser, making it easier for others to follow their lead and further stretch the boundaries of 3D printed stainless steel.