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.
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 expertise 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
Francesco Del Giudice et al. have been awarded a Soft Matter poster prize for their work “The μ-rheometer: an effective microfluidic platform to measure relaxation time of weakly viscoelastic polymer solutions”. The prize was received at the Annual European Rheology Conference 2017 held in Copenhagen.
Congratulations to Francesco and Simon on their Journal of Rheology article: Relaxation time of dilute polymer solutions: a microfluidic approach, Journal of Rheology, 2017, 61, 327. Our cover image can be found in the March/April issue of Journal of Rheology.