Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit (Amy Shen)
Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit (MBNU) was established in July 2014 when Amy Shen moved from University of Washington, USA. While continuing existing research activities in Microfluidics and Rheology, several new interdisciplinary research projects have been initiated, in collaboration with other research units at OIST and outside OIST. In general, we combine experiments, theory, and modeling to explore the dynamics and properties of flows involving nano- or micro-structures (i.e., DNA, surfactants, lipid vesicles, or bacteria, cells), in which intermolecular/particle forces give rise to time- and length-scale distributions that are important in many biophysical and technological processes. Within this broad area, our current projects are motivated by natural/biological phenomena, and their solution often involves micro-/nano-fuidics, which facilitates the coupling of microstructural evolution with spatial confinement and flow.
Currently we have two core areas in the unit: one focuses on the fundamental aspects of micro- and nanofluidic flows (e.g., fluid mechancis, soft matter physics, rheology); another focuses on biotechnology, nanotechnology and healthcare applications related to micro- and nanofluidic flows (e.g., bioassays, biosensing, bio and nanomaterials synthesis).
Our unit members have unique and complementary expertises in fluid mechanics, soft matter physics, biomedical and chemical engineering, materials science, polymer/physical chemistry. Our group is truly international and diverse, as we come from the US, UK, Italy, India, Israel, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia.
Interested Students and Postdocs
Our work on the the flow around a micropost is selected for the cover image in the Soft Matter. Congratulations to Simon and Ya
Our work on the the novel sensor is selected for the cover image in the Nanoscale. Congratulations to Nikhil, Doojin, and Shivani!
Article link: http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=C6NR07664E
Congratulations to Noa for receiving JSPS Ph.D fellowship for her thesis on studying flow instabilities in microfluidic flows.