Chasen Sherman Rose Hills
Modeling and Manufacturing of Microfluidic Diodes for Lab-On-A-Chip Applications
Microfluidics represents the future of global health care. The future of the microfluidic work which I will be doing is critical to lab-on-a-chip applications, where point of care health services will be able to be provided worldwide with small devices. What I specifically am working on is computer modeling of different microfluidic diodes and valves. Lab-on-a-chip devices are made up of many of these diodes and valves combined, and using advanced computer simulation techniques to predict the fluid flows will provide valuable insight into device design. Additionally, I will be working hands on in the lab to manufacture the diodes and test them with different flow rates. The devices are manufactured using optical lithography, which means that they are blasted with U light which hardens the material into the proper shape.