40. 2-D BASED MICRO AND NANO FLUIDIC CHANNELS FOR SENSING AND FILTERING APPLICATIONS
Research Institute Affiliation: Agile - CaliBaja Center for Resilient Materials & Systems
Faculty Advisor(s): Oscar Vazquez Mena
Name: Yang Huang
Grad Year: 2016
Research on microfluidic or nanofluidic has brought important developments into lab-on-chip devices. The demand for wearable and portable medical devices now requires biosensing and drug delivery devices that are also flexible and can conform to the skin. Based on this demand and also driven by interests of exploiting the interface between 2-D materials and liquid & biomolecules, our research aims at using graphene for flexible micro- and nano-fluidic devices. Graphene is the thinnest material and has the highest tensile strength, bringing novel opportunities for microfluidic channels. To build the channels, graphene is used to define the channels and SU-8 is used for mechanical support due to its strength and biocompatibility. Furthermore, we will also try to develop new fabrication process for device integration. Potential applications of these devices are broad, including biosensing, filtering and drug delivery. Besides the application for liquid flow, by adjusting the geometry of the channel, this channel can also be used for gas flow, which may lead to other applications such as filtering for toxic emissions and environmental monitoring.
Industry Application Area(s)
Energy/Clean technology | Life Sciences/Medical Devices & Instruments | Materials