Adrian Tween




As a citizen of the world, he grew up most of his life in Guatemala, moving later to Austria, Mexico and Netherlands. He studied in Guatemala, learning much about ecology, insects, plants and other fields of biology. He became interested in the genius of natural design for a better future. In Utrecht University, he studied Bio-Inspired Innovation where he became interested in biomechanics of natural materials. He is studying biomimicry, natural materials, biomechanics and design. Adrian is collaborating with Eaton in their design team to come up with a new evolution for bio-inspired solutions and products to support the company and its customers. He enjoys many hobbies including cello, studying languages, dancing, climbing and others.


Using organic particles to create porous 3D printed ceramics
Sept 2019 - Current

3D manufacturing typically does not create porous objects. By using organic material in combination with normal ceramics, pores can be created by burning organic material off the ceramic slurry in a kiln. It has the potential for creating a replica of a termite mound and also for potentially creating ceramics for industrial purposes.

Wind load damping in plants
Sept 2019 - Current

Plants are constantly being balancing buffeted by the wind. They not only have to optimize water uptake and sun exposure but also their weight and shape to wind loading. Many plants have branches or branching in their growing patterns that allows them to dampen the stress. Using parametric modeling and 3D printing it is possible to create models for branching types for further experimentation on the effect of specific kinds of branching.

Selected Papers and Presentations

Hayes, S. … Pierik, R. (2019). Soil Salinity Limits Plant Shade Avoidance. Current Biology, 29(10), 1669-1676.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2019.03.042

This study delves into the interaction between PIF factors that activate shade avoidance and proves that low levels of salinity inhibit the response. My work focused on proving through homologous genes and RNA, that the studies done on Arabidopsis thaliana are applicable to other crop plants such as tomatoes.

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