Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 03/05/2013
Tuesday, 03/05/2013
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor German Drazer
Rutgers University
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

"Transport of Suspended Particles in Periodic Systems: Applications to Microfluidics for Separation Sciences"

ABSTRACT


We investigate the complex behavior that takes place during the motion of suspended particles in periodic systems, both when Brownian motion is important as well as when transport is nearly deterministic. A resurgence of interest in these systems comes from the rapidly growing field of microfluidics. In particular, we are interested in the development of separation devices that rely on the unique features of transport in periodic structures. A typical system in our studies consists of suspended particles moving either through a periodic array of obstacles or on top of a periodic pattern fabricated in the bottom surface of a microfluidic channel. In all cases, we investigate how to take advantage of the repetitive effects present in periodic systems to promote and amplify the separation of a mixture of suspended particles. In particular, we focus on vector separation systems in which different species move in different directions within the device. We present analytical and experimental results that show the potential that periodic systems have to induce the spontaneous fractionation of a mixture of particles.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • 1988-1994 - B.S. in Physics, Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina.
  • 1994-1999 - Ph.D. in Physics, Instituto Balseiro, Bariloche, Argentina.
  • 1999-2005 - Postdoctoral student at Levich Institute
  • 2005-2012 - Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University.
  • 2012-Present Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

RECENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Microfluidics; Separations; Suspension flows; Transport in Porous Media; Drug dissolution.



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