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Eric Sweet, Ph.D. 2020

Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Prof. Lin

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3D Printed Integrated Microfluidic Circuitry [BPN774]
In chemical and biological fields, the advent of high-functioning integrated
micro/nanofluidic circuits (IFCs) could have similar ramifications; however, current IFCs
(as well as the majority of microfluidic systems and microscale mechano-biological
platforms) suffer from a number of critical limitations associated with current
micro/nanomachining processes. Specifically, microdevices for chemistry and biology are
primarily constructed by means of monolithic “top-down” microfabrication methods, such as soft
lithography. Such fabrication procedures are time, cost, and labor-intensive, and are
functionally limited because monolithic layers inherently lack the versatility of 3D
construction methods, thereby rendering the creation of relatively primitive structures,
such as basic mechanical coil springs, impossible to achieve using standard soft
lithography-based micromolding techniques. To overcome these limitations, we propose a paradigm
shift in the area of biochemical microdevice manufacturing. For this project, we use
“bottom-up” micro/nanoscale 3D printing technologies to create a new generation of 3D
micro/nanodevices and IFCs for chemistry and biology. By using 3D printing techniques, we
have achieved increasingly complex geometries (e.g., “Cal”-shaped microchannels, fluidic
flow control, moving valves, etc.). Our “bottom- up” methodology could set a significant
precedent, leading to a proliferation of 3D printed micro/nanoscale processors for basic
scientific research and commercial applications throughout chemical and biological fields.


Current Active Projects:
BPN774
BPN796
 

     Last Updated: Thu 2016-Feb-04 18:38:38

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