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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics World Congress 2018

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 ( 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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Dipolar Thermocapillary Motor and Swimmer

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 at 11:45

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The ability to manipulate fluids at the microscale is a key element of any lab-on-a-chip platform, enabling core functionalities such as liquid mixing, splitting and transport of molecules and particles. Lab-on-a-chip devices are commonly divided in two main families: continuous phase devices, and discrete phase (droplets) devices. While a large number of mechanisms are available for precise control of droplets on a large scale, microscale control of continuous phases remains a substantial challenge. In this talk I will present our ongoing work leveraging thermocapillary flows to induce and control flows in microfluidic channels.  I will begin by providing theoretical background on thermocapillary dipoles induced in a Hele-Shaw cell with a small circular opening, and show that such a configuration can act as a thermocapillary motor capable of driving liquids through micro-channels and in Hele-Shaw type devices. I will then demonstrate that thermocapillary dipoles can be superposed in order to create various two-dimensional flow patterns, allowing for transport of liquids which are not confined to a one-dimensional micro-channel. Finally, I will show that the same principles can be applied to create a new type of surface swimmer whose motion is activated by illumination.

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