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Vishnu Jayaprakash, B.S. 2015

Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Lin
(408) 425-3189
Research Interests: micro-scale energy harvesters, microbial fuel cells, super capacitors, graphene based devices

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Single-Layer Microfluidic Gain Valves via Optofluidic Lithography [BPN706]
This project aims to create single-layer microfluidic gain valves for use in microfluidic devices. Autonomous microfluidic devices are essential for the long-term development of versatile biological and chemical platforms; however, the challenges of creating effective control mechanisms e.g., the need for variable pressure sources, signal degradation in cascaded devices, and multi-stage manufacture methods have proven considerable. Using in situ optofluidic lithography, we develop a single-layer pressure-based valve system with a static gain greater than unity. We will demonstrate the device in several microfluidic circuits, including logic gates and amplifiers. These pressure gain-based systems will enable microfluidic devices with a wide range of applications, such as flow rectifiers, oscillators, and high-precision pressure measurements. Due to ease of manufacture and design flexibility, this valve design could have widespread Lab-on- a-Chip applications by enabling self-regulation of microfluidic devices.


Current Active Projects:
BPN706
BPN737
 

     Last Updated: Fri 2014-Jan-31 16:01:13

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