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New functional materials for fluid control and sensing in microfluidic devices

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  • Chemistry
  • Microfluidics
  • Sensors
  • Actuators

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New Functional Materials for Fluid Control and Sensing in Microfluidic Devices Fernando Benito Lopez CLARITY Centre for Sensor Web Technologies National Centre for Sensor Research Dublin City University 14th July 2011, University California Berkeley 1 A little bit about myself: Slide 2 National Centre for Sensor Research •  26 PI, 80 SENIOR RESEARCHERS AND ALMOST 120 POST-GRADUATE STUDENTS, SUPPORTED BY AN ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM OF 16. •  INVESTMENTS AND INCOME SINCE 1999 NOW APPROACHING €100 MILLION. •  3200 m2 WELL-EQUIPPED SPECIALIST LAB SPACE AND OFFICE. •  MULTIDISCIPLINARY COMPOSITION OF THE RESEARCH TEAM: PHYSICISTS, CHEMISTS, BIOTECHNOLOGISTS AND ENGINEERS. Slide 3 CLARITY – SFI CSET •  5-YEAR, €16.4 MILLION RESEARCH PROGRAM TO DEVELOP NEXT GENERATION SENSOR WEB TECHNOLOGIES WITH SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS •  BRINGS TOGETHER FUNDAMENTAL MATERIALS SCIENCE, FUNCTIONAL POLYMERS, DEVICE PROTOTYPING, ENERGY MANAGEMENT, ADAPTIVE MIDDLEWARE, WEARABLE SENSORS, DISTRIBUTED ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING …. WWW.CLARITY-CENTRE.ORG/ Direct Sensing vs. Reagent Based LOAC SENSOR SAMPLE MOLECULAR INTERACTIONS SIGNAL OUTSIDE WORLD SAMPLE, STANDARDS REAGENTS REACTION MANIFOLD DETECTOR WASTE SOURCE SAMPLE BLANK BL BL S T DIRECT SENSING LOAC ANALYSER 5 Phosphate Analyser Gen1 Gen2 6 •  GEN1: component cost ca. €2,000 per unit •  GEN2 developed; component cost now < €200 per unit. 7 MANY PEOPLE, MYSELF INCLUDED, EXPECTED THAT THE ABILITY TO MANIPULATE FLUID STREAMS, IN MICROCHANNELS, EASILY, WOULD RESULT IN A PROLIFERATION OF COMMERCIAL LOAC SYSTEMS, AND THAT WE WOULD SEE APPLICATIONS OF THESE DEVICES PROLIFERATING THROUGHOUT SCIENCE. IN FACT, IT HAS NOT (YET) HAPPENED. EDITORIAL ‘SOLVING PROBLEMS’, GEORGE WHITESIDES LAB CHIP 10 (2010) 2317-2318 Scalability -­‐> CO ST /C O M PL EX IT Y-­‐

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