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Modular Fluid Manipulation




2: Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Supervisor:

A. John Hart

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Apply by:

Feb 2, 2020


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Project Description

Microfluidics is a tool of fluid analysis and control used widely in research (chemical synthesis, biology), the medical field (blood tests) and industry (pharmaceutical production). We are looking for a student to expand a previously-designed microfluidic platform using interchanging modules to create a robust microfluidic system to control fluid flow, mixing, and possibly emulsion generation. The project would start with prototyping a set of individual functional modules, and using them to construct a larger modular system to carry out a titration reaction as an educational tool, including implementing a colorimetric sensor of pH with a color-changing pH indicator, as well as characterizing the performance quality of the final system. The UROP will be involved in manufacturing of individual modules (by micromilling or 3D printing), interfacing electronics (Arduino or similar systems), and testing and characterizing different kinds of fluid flow and some chemical reactions. This would be a creative and interdisciplinary project including chemistry and/or biology, fluid mechanics analysis, work with electronics (ex arduino and sensors), and more.


Demonstrated hands-on experience with working electronics systems (ex. Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or more complicated) and experience with microfluidic devices are strongly preferred. We especially welcome applicants in their junior year who are interested in a multi-semester UROP, and/or a UROP leading to a senior thesis. Relevant video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiNS25kxQIE