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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics: Emerging Themes, Technologies and Applications

Noah Malmstadt's Biography

Noah Malmstadt, Professor, Mork Family Dept. of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of Southern California

Noah Malmstadt is Professor at the University of Southern California. He received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Caltech and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. Following postdoctoral work at UCLA, he joined the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC in 2007. Malmstadt is the recipient of a 2012 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator award. His research focuses on microfluidic strategies to facilitate material fabrication and biophysical analysis. He has pioneered the integration of ionic liquids as solvents in droplet microreactors and the application of microfluidic systems to synthesizing biomimetic cell membranes. Microfluidic analytical techniques he has developed include methods for measuring the permeability of cell membranes to druglike molecules and techniques for measuring ionic currents through membrane proteins.

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Constructing Microfluidic Analytical Systems from 3D-Printed Blocks with Integrated Functional Components

Tuesday, 3 October 2017 at 11:45

Add to Calendar ▼2017-10-03 11:45:002017-10-03 12:45:00Europe/LondonConstructing Microfluidic Analytical Systems from 3D-Printed Blocks with Integrated Functional

The integration of functional components into microfluidic systems is necessary for building compact analytical devices. Optical detection and measurement, electromechanical fluid switching, active mixing, and magneto- and electrophoretic separations all require the integration of components on top of the underlying fluidic architecture. There has been significant work towards integrating such functional components by including them directly in the microfabrication process. This approach, however, leads to expensive fabrication workflows that are often limited to a narrow set of applications. To overcome these limits, we are designing a microfluidic architecture that is easily adaptable to a wide variety of applications. This architecture is based on 3D-printed elements that can be assembled into analytical devices. Functional components are integrated into these elements; the structures are printed to directly accommodate off-the-shelf components including photodiodes, heaters, sensors, and fiber optic fittings. We have demonstrated the utility of this approach by assembling a system capable of performing automated ELISA assays from 3D-printed blocks with integrated functional components.

Add to Calendar ▼2017-10-02 00:00:002017-10-04 00:00:00Europe/LondonLab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics: Emerging Themes, Technologies and