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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip, Microfluidics & Microarrays World Congress 2016

Hsueh-Chia Chang's Biography



Hsueh-Chia Chang, Bayer Professor of Engineering; Director, Center for Microfluidics and Medical Diagnostics, University of Notre Dame

Chia Chang received his BS and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering from Caltech and Princeton. His group's research in electrokinetics and microfluidics has produced several on-chip micro-pumping, mixing, cell manipulation, electrical and plasmonic molecular sensing technologies. Some of them are being commercialized by three start-ups. One company that works closely with the Notre Dame Haiti program, FCubed LLC, http://www.fcubed.biz/, now employs 17 employees and has attracted more than $10 million in investment. Over 20 of Chia's group alumni now hold faculty positions over all six continents. He is the founding and chief editor of Biomicrofluidics, an American Institute of Physics journal.

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A Billion-Droplet AC Electrospray Digital PCR Platform for Large-Dynamic Range Nucleic Acid Quantification

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 at 10:00

Add to Calendar ▼2016-09-27 10:00:002016-09-27 11:00:00Europe/LondonA Billion-Droplet AC Electrospray Digital PCR Platform for Large-Dynamic Range Nucleic Acid QuantificationLab-on-a-Chip, Microfluidics and Microarrays World Congress 2016 in San Diego, California, USASan Diego, California, USASELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com

An AC-electrospray technology is shown to be able to generate 1 billion femto-liter (micron diameter) aqueous drops in immiscible silicone oil in less than 20 minutes.  Unlike DC sprays, which tend to suffer from dielectric breakdown in liquid, and droplet generation technologies based on hydrodynamic shear, which can only generate pico-liter drops, we have shown that a properly tuned AC field can entrain low-mobility anions at a meniscus and the Coulombic repulsion among such entrained ions can deform the meniscus into unique 11 degree AC cones that are quite distinct from and much stable than DC cones (Phys Rev Lett, 101, 204501(2008); 109, 224301(2012); LabChip, 15, 1656(2015)).   The sharper AC cones can generate 1 million femto-liter drops per second.  The larger drop number and concentration (nM) allow us to get significantly better accuracy (without using Poisson statistics), dynamic range (8 decades) and reduction of inhibition and interfering effects in heterogeneous media.  We have fabricated an integrated AC electrospray chip with PCR and imaging modules and have favorably compared the performance of this new droplet digital PCR platform against qPCR. The new AC droplet digital PCR platform is, however, a low-cost turn-key technology that requires no or minimum sample pretreatment.


Add to Calendar ▼2016-09-26 00:00:002016-09-28 00:00:00Europe/LondonLab-on-a-Chip, Microfluidics and Microarrays World Congress 2016Lab-on-a-Chip, Microfluidics and Microarrays World Congress 2016 in San Diego, California, USASan Diego, California, USASELECTBIOenquiries@selectbiosciences.com