Academic Profile

Dr. Le Ferrand received an Ingénieur Degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle de la ville de Paris (ESPCI Paris), France in 2012 and a Master Degree in Materials Science from ETH Zürich (Switzerland) in 2013. In January 2017, she graduated from ETH Zürich with a PhD in Materials Science on the fabrication of bio-inspired materials. Before joining the Center for Biomimetic Sensor Science at NTU as a visiting postdoctoral scholar, she stayed at the school of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Purdue University, IN, USA to study morphing structures. Beginning 2019, she joined the schools of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering of NTU as an assistant professor. In 2020, she was awarded the prestigious National Research Fellowship to investigate additive manufacturing of structural and functional materials.
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Asst Prof Hortense Le Ferrand
Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Le Ferrand’s research is focused on the design and fabrication of hard and dense composite and ceramic materials and structures able to achieve new combinations of structural and functional properties. The materials and structures to deliver have applications in biomedical, robotics and aerospace industries. Areas of current interest are:

- Controlled manipulation of nano and microparticles
- Development of novel additive manufacturing technologies for dense composites
- Investigation of densification methods in complex-shaped hierarchical matter
- Relationships microstructural design, composition and density, and macroscopic properties
- Multi-scale characterization methods.
  • 3D printing of bio-inspired mechano-sensing skins for large structures

  • 3D Printing of hierarchical composites

  • Additive manufacturing of resilient, strong and functional composites through bio-inspired microstructures

  • Assessing Crystallographic Information In Metals Via Optical Microscopy

  • Sustainable Materials

  • Urban BioCycles Mycelium Digitalisation
  • R. P. Behera, S. B. S. Muhammad, M. J. He, H. Le Ferrand. (2021). Porous textured ceramics with controlled grain size and orientation. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, .

  • P. Dee, H.Y. You, S.H. Teoh, H. Le Ferrand. (2020). Bioinspired approaches to toughen calcium phosphate-based ceramics for bonne repair. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 112, 104078.

  • E. Soh, Z.Y. Chew, N. Saeidi, A. Javadian, D. Hebel, H. Le Ferrand. (2020). Development of an extrudable paste to build mycelium-bound composites. Materials and Design, 195, 109058.

  • H. Le Ferrand, F. Bouville. (2019). Processing of dense bio-inspired ceramics with deliberate microtexture. Journal of the American Ceramic Society, .

  • T. Magrini, F. Bouville, A. Lauria, H. Le Ferrand, T. Niebel, A.R. Studart. (2019). Transparent and tough bulk composites inspired by nacre. Nature Communications, 10, 2794.