Ethan Secor


Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering


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


Secor Research Group Website


Research Topics:

Advanced manufacturing
Printed electronics
Materials processing

Interested undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to contact Dr. Secor at


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

Selected Honors and Awards

Harry S. Truman Fellowship, 2017-2020
Cabell Terminal Year Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2016-2017
IIN Outstanding Researcher Award, 2016
Ryan Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2014-2017
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2013-2016


Selected Publications

Tafoya, R.R.; Secor, E.B. Understanding and Mitigating Process Drift in Aerosol Jet Printing. Flex. Print. Electron., 2020, 5, 015009.

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.*; Cook, A.B.*; Tabor, C.E.; Hersam, M.C. Wiring Up Liquid Metal: Stable and Robust Electrical Contacts Enabled by Printable Graphene Inks. Adv. Electron. Mater., 2018, 4, 1700483.

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.; Ahn, B.Y.; Gao, T.Z.; Lewis, J.A.; Hersam, M.C. Rapid and Versatile Photonic Annealing of Graphene Inks for Flexible Printed Electronics. Adv. Mater. 2015, 27, 6683.

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.

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