Ethan Secor

Ethan Secor


Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering


2016 Black Engr.
2529 Union Dr.
Ames, IA 500112030


Secor Research Group Website


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Education PhD, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, 2017; BS, Chemistry, Drake University, 2012; BS, Physics, Drake University, 2012

Research Areas Advanced manufacturing; Printed electronics; Materials processing; Nanomaterials

Selected Honors and Awards NSF CAREER Award, 2024; DARPA Young Faculy Award 2023; 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award, 2022; Harry S. Truman Fellowship, 2017-2020; Ryan Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2014-2017; National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2013-2016


Selected Publications

  • Gamba, L.; Lajoie, J.A.; Sippel, T.R.; Secor E.B. Multi-Material Aerosol Jet Printing of Al/CuO Nanothermites for Versatile Fabrication of Energetic Antennas. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2023, 2304060.
  • Rurup J.D.; Secor E.B. Predicting Deposition Rate and Closing the Loop on Aerosol Jet Printing with In‐Line Light Scattering Measurements. Adv. Eng. Mater. 2023, 2201919.
  • Tafoya, R.R.; Cook, A.W.; Kaehr, B.; Downing, J.R.; Hersam, M.C.; Secor, E.B. Real-time optical process monitoring for structure and property control of aerosol jet printed functional materials. Adv. Mater. Technol., 2020, 2000781.
  • Secor, E.B. Guided Ink and Process Design for Aerosol Jet Printing Based on Annular Drying Effects. Flex. Print. Electron., 2018, 3, 035007.
  • Secor, E.B. Principles of Aerosol Jet Printing. Flex. Print. Electron., 2018, 3, 035002.
  • Secor, E.B.*; Gao, T.Z.*; Islam, A.E.; Rao, R.; Wallace, S.G.; Zhu, J.; Putz, K.W.; Maruyama, B.; Hersam, M.C. Enhanced Conductivity, Adhesion, and Environmental Stability of Printed Graphene Inks with Nitrocellulose. Chem. Mater., 2017, 29, 2332.
  • Secor, E.B.; Prabhumirashi, P.L.; Puntambekar, K.; Geier, M.L.; Hersam, M.C. Inkjet Printing of High Conductivity, Flexible Graphene Patterns. J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4, 1347.
  • For a full list of publications, click here

Primary Strategic Research Area

Advanced Materials & Manufacturing