Academic Profile : Faculty

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Asst Prof Hortense Le Ferrand
Nanyang Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Assistant Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering
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Hortense Le Ferrand is an Assistant Professor at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), in joint appointment with the School of Materials Science and Engineering. Her research group combines sustainable manufacturing with biomimetic/bioinspired designs to develop high performance materials. Specifically, the processing methods use additive manufacturing, abundant building blocks, and water as a solvent. These technologies permit the fabrication of composites with complex bioinspired microstructural designs leading to unusual combinations of properties. These composites can be used in a variety of applications: thermal management in electronics or architecture, biomedical implants, protective ceramics, sustainable composites, etc.

Hortense received her Ingénieur Degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle de la ville de Paris (ESPCI Paris, France) and her MSc and PhD in Materials Science from ETH Zürich (Switzerland). She was a visiting scholar at the school of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University (USA) and postdoctoral visiting scholar at the Center for Biomimetic Sensor Science at NTU before joining the faculty in 2019.

Hortense received a number of awards and recognitions for her work, including the ETH silver medal in 2017 and the Materials Research Society Postdoctoral Publication Prize in 2018. In 2020, she was awarded the prestigious National Research Fellowship to investigate additive manufacturing of bioinspired structural and functional materials.
- Green processes
- Waste-based materials
- Colloidal control
- 3D printing
- Mechanical properties
- Functional properties
- Biomimetic/bioinspired design
  • Additive manufacturing of resilient, strong and functional composites through bio-inspired microstructures
  • Bioinspiration for innovation and creativity
  • CONCH: Ceramic resilience OptimizatioN with Complex Hierarchical structure
  • Design and Additive Manufacturing of Robotic Metamaterials with Embodied Intelligence
  • Long lasting and adapting materials
  • Urban BioCycles Mycelium Digitalisation
Nanyang Research award, young investigator (2023)
Nature awards, inspiring Women in Science, scientific achievement category (2023)
MAE faculty staff award (2022)
Fellowships & Other Recognition
MIT innovator under 35, Europe (2023)
National Research Foundation (NRF) Fellowship (2020)
Courses Taught
MA2024 - Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Processes
MA4882 - Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing
Supervision of PhD Students
Rohit Pratyush Behera, Title: Processing of dense bioinspired ceramics with complex microstructures and weak interfaces (2019-2023).
Slocha Sapasakulvanit, on-going
Sourabh Kumar, on-going
Hongyu Zhou, on-going
Zhuoran Ma, on-going