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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics World Congress 2017

Moran Bercovici's Biography



Moran Bercovici, Associate Professor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering; Head, Technion Microfluidic Technologies Laboratory, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Moran Bercovici is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and heads Technion’s Microfluidic Technologies laboratory (https://www.microfluidic-technologies.com/). His research combines experimental, analytical, and computational tools to study microfluidic problems characterized by coupling between fluid mechanics, heat transfer, electric fields, chemical reactions, and biological processes. A central theme in his lab is the development of novel microfluidic techniques, devices, and assays for clinical applications and for research in life and medical sciences.

He received his B.Sc. (2001) and M.Sc. (2006) from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Technion. Between 2001 and 2006 he served in the Israeli military, taking part in the development of advanced defense systems. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University (2011), and spent a short postdoctoral period in the Department of Urology at Stanford School of Medicine, before joining Technion as a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering.

Prof. Bercovici received numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the ERC starting grant awarded by the European Research Council to innovative high-risk / high-gain research, the Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research from the Wolf Foundation, the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists – considered the most prestigious award to young scientists in Israel, and the Yanai Prize – Technion’s highest recognition for a substantial and unique contribution to the advancement of academic education.

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Flow Control and Configurable Microstructures Using Non-Uniform Electroosmosis

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at 10:00

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Electro-osmotic flow (EOF) is the motion of a liquid due to interaction of an externally applied electric field with the net charge in the diffuse part of an electrical double layer.  
I will present our ongoing work leveraging non-uniform EOF to control flow patterns in a Hele-Shaw microfluidic chamber (two parallel plates separated by a small gap).  By setting the spatial distribution of surface potential, we demonstrate the ability to dictate desired flow patterns without the use of physical walls. Furthermore, by replacing the rigid ‘ceiling’ (top plate) of the chamber with a thin elastic sheet, we demonstrate that internal pressure gradients formed in the liquid can be used to drive local deformations in the sheet.  This opens the door to the implementation of configurable microstructures and microfluidic devices. In addition to experimental demonstrations, I will present key elements of the analytical models we developed, and discuss both future applications and limitations of the technology.


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