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John Hart

Contact Info

room 35-212

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, Masachusetts 02139


  • 2000


  • 2002


  • 2006



Research Interests

  • Nanostructured materials
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Machine design and automation
  • Printing and folding
  • Self-assembly
  • Composite materials and structures
  • Energy storage
  • Surface engineering
  • Mechanochemistry
  • Research methods

Honors + Awards

  • 2014 3M Nontenured Faculty Award
  • 2014 Best Poster Award, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting
  • 2013 Mitsui Career Development Chair, MIT
  • 2013 Best Paper Award in Compliant Mechanisms, 37th ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • 2012 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
  • 2012 1938E Award, University of Michigan College of Engineering
  • 2012 Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, Office of Naval Research
  • 2011 Robert M. Caddell Award in Manufacturing, University of Michigan
  • 2011 Young Investigator Program (YIP) Award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • 2010 Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award, University of Michigan Mechanical Engineering
  • 2010 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • 2010 Frontiers of Engineering Attendee, National Academy of Engineering
  • 2009 Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • 2009 R&D100 Award (Spin-Grower Layer-by-Layer Assembly System)
  • 2008 Finalist, MIT Clean Energy Entrepreneurship Prize
  • 2008 Young Faculty Award (YFA), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • 2008 R&D100 Award (SabreTube Desktop Thermal Processing System)
  • 2008 Holcim Next Generation Award for Sustainable Construction
  • 2006 MIT Senturia Prize for Outstanding Doctoral Thesis in Micro/Nanosystems
  • 2002 Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • 2000 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


  • Materials Research Society
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Society of Manufacturing Engineers
  • American Physical Society

Professional Service

  • 2015-Present, Program Committee and Advisory Committee, ASME Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Conference
  • 2014-Present, Editorial Board, Carbon
  • 2014, Organizing Committee, ASME Workshop “Scalable Nanomanufacturing, Benchmarks, Standards, and Metrics
  • 2013-Present, Organizing Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee, International Workshop on Nucleation and Growth Mechanisms of Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes
  • 2013, Technical Program Chair, NSF Workshop on Nano- and Micromanufacturing
  • 2012-Present, Member, ASME Research Committee on Nanomanufacturing Technology
  • 2007-Present, Proposal Reviews for NSF, DOE, AFOSR

MIT Service

  • 2012-13, MechE Graduate Admissions Committee
  • 2013-Present, MechE Website Committee


  • Design and Manufacturing II (2.008, MIT)
  • Additive Manufacturing (2.S981/2.S998, MIT)
  • Design and Manufacturing I (ME250, U. Michigan)
  • Nanomanufacturing (ME599, U. Michigan)
  • Ph.D. Research Process (ME599, U. Michigan)
  • Design and Manufacturing III (ME450, U. Michigan)


  • Please refer to Google Scholar or the Mechanosynthesis Group (links above)


  • A.H. Slocum, S. Awtar, and A.J. Hart, "Material Transportation System," U.S. Patent No. 6,886,651, issued May 2005.
  • A.J. Hart and A.H. Slocum, "Shape-Controlled Growth of Nanostructured Films and Objects," U.S. Patent No. 7,976,815, issued July 2011.
  • A.J. Hart and A.H. Slocum, "Methods and Devices for Growth and/or Assembly of Nanostructures in Micromechanical Confinement," U.S. Patent No. 8,075,863, issued December 2011.
  • D. Lashmore, R. Braden, A.J. Hart, and J. Welch, "Chemically-Assisted Alignment of Nanotubes Within Extensible Structures," U.S. Patent No. 8,246,886, issued August 2012.
  • B.L. Wardle, A.J. Hart, E.J. García, and A.H. Slocum. "Nanostructure-Reinforced Composite Articles and Methods," U.S. Patent No. 8,337,979, issued December 2012.
  • A.J. Hart, L.C. van Laake, and A.H. Slocum, "Apparatus and Methods of Controlled Growth and Assembly of Nanostructures," U.S. Patent No. 8,372,470, issued February 2013.
  • D.L. Plata, P.M. Gschwend, A.J. Hart, E.R. Meshot, and C.M. Reddy, "Alkyne-Assisted Nanostructure Growth," U.S. Patent No. 8,545,791, issued October 2013.
  • A.J. Hart, "Hybrid Nanostructure Array," U.S. Patent No. 8,680,574, issued March 2014.
  • N.A. Kotov, A.J. Hart, J. Canavati, J. Lefevre, N. Patel, and B. Perry, "Rolling Contact Layer-by-Layer Assembly," U.S. Patent No. 8,794,175, issued August 2014.