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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics Europe 2019

Dermot Diamond's Biography

Dermot Diamond, Professor, Principal Investigator, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University

Dermot Diamond received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Queen’s University Belfast and his D.Litt. from Ulster University. He was VP for Research at Dublin City University (2002-2004) and was director (2007-2015) and founding member of the National Centre for Sensor Research ( at DCU. In 2002, he was awarded the inaugural silver medal for Sensor Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London. He was awarded the DCU President’s Award for Research Excellence (2006) and the DCU President’s Award for Innovation (2015). In May 2014, in recognition of his academic contributions and achievements, he was admitted to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy. In April 2015 he was awarded the Boyle Higgins Gold Medal by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in recognition of his research achievements. He is currently a Principal Investigator in the SFI INSIGHT Centre ( and was co-chair of the EU Future and Emerging Technologies programme advisory group (FETAG). In 2019 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the European Innovation Council (EIC), and chair of the Pathfinder Programme Working Group.

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Microfluidic Platforms with Bioinspired Functionalities: New Concepts for Future Devices

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 08:30

Add to Calendar ▼2019-06-19 08:30:002019-06-19 09:30:00Europe/LondonMicrofluidic Platforms with Bioinspired Functionalities: New Concepts for Future DevicesLab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2019 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The

Through developments in fabrication technologies in recent years, it is now possible to build and characterize much more sophisticated 3D platforms than was formerly the case.  Regions of differing polarity, binding behaviour, flexibility/rigidity can now be incorporated into these fluidic systems.  Furthermore, materials that can switch these characteristics can be incorporated, enabling the creation of microfluidic building blocks that exhibit switchable characteristics such as programmed microvehicle movement (chemotaxis), switchable binding and release, switchable soft polymer actuation (e.g. valving), and selective uptake and release of molecular targets.  These building blocks can be in turn integrated into microfluidic systems with hitherto unsurpassed functionalities that can contribute to bridging the gap between what is required and what science can currently deliver for many challenging applications. Recent developments now enable complex 3D arrangements of soft, switchable polymer gel structures to be created with sub-micron feature size resolution, opening completely new possibilities for control of the chemistry of liquid-solid system.  This emerging transition from existing engineering-inspired 2D to bioinspired 3D fluidic concepts appears to represent a major turning point in the evolution of microfluidics. For example, implementation of these disruptive concepts may open the way to realising biochemical sensing systems with performance characteristics far beyond those of current devices.

Add to Calendar ▼2019-06-18 00:00:002019-06-19 00:00:00Europe/LondonLab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2019Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2019 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The