Hi, my name is Jens Bauer, I am a materials scientist and mechanical engineer.

I investigate nanoarchitected metamaterials and additive manufacturing approaches of such for the development of novel multifunctional high-performance materials.


My research focuses on the spatial architecture of materials at the micro- and nanometer scale to achieve classically unattainable mechanical properties, like extreme strength at low weight and plasticity in ceramics. In this, I am studying methods to simultaneously harness beneficial materials size effects, as well as topological characteristics of cellular and composite architectures. Examples of this include a novel class of tensegrity metamaterials, which introduces the concept of delocalized deformation, demonstrating a pathway to overcome failure in engineering systems, 3D-printable polymer-derived ductile nanoceramics, which can be strained up to 25%, and nanolattices constructed from closed-cell plate-architectures whose specific strengths surpasses that of bulk diamond while consisting of >50% air.

To conduct my research, I apply an interdisciplinary set of methodologies at the intersection of, mechanical engineering, materials science, and manufacturing technology. I am using a variety of 3D-printing techniques, like two-photon polymerization, and am particularly interested in the development of pyrolysis-based routs to create ceramics from polymeric templates. My characterization approach often includes in situ SEM mechanical testing and digital image correlation, finite element analyses, spectroscopy techniques, thermogravimetry, and nano-computed tomography.


I have received a master’s degree (Dipl.-Ing.) and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), in Germany. In my undergraduate studies I have investigated biomimetic topology and shape optimization methods for lightweight structural applications and completed my Ph.D. under the guidance of Prof. Oliver Kraft for my research on the development of ultra-strong architected nanolattices. After completion of my graduate work, I received a research fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG) and in 2017 joined the University of California, Irvine (UCI) as a post-doctoral fellow working with Prof. Lorenzo Valdevit. I am currently an Assistant Project Scientist at UCI studying the mechanics of a variety of architected metamaterials, as well as synthesize routs for the additive manufacturing of nanoceramics.

Honors and Awards

  1. Featured on the cover of Advanced Materials (2021)
  2. Featured on the cover of Small (2019)
  3. DFG Research Fellowship (2017)
  4. Featured on the cover of Nature Materials (2016)
  5. Featured on the cover of Advanced Engineering Materials (2016)
  6. Karlsruhe House of Young Scientists Exchange Research Fellowship (2014)

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