Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 09/21/2010
Tuesday, 09/21/2010
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Professor Shahab Shojaei-Zadeh
Rutgers University
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

"Small-Scale Flows: From Fundamentals to Applications"


ABSTRACT


The past decade has witnessed the introduction and rapid growth of Microfluidics which has revolutionized our understanding of the underlying physics of complex fluids at intermediate scales, and has enabled a unique set of tools to fabricate and synthesis new materials, and to perform a task in the format of a complicated sensor. In this talk, I will provide examples on each of these aspects. First I show how small-scale flows are used to study the flow of neutrally-buoyant suspension of finite size particles around bluff-bodies. Of fundamental interest is to understand how these suspension flows behave differently from those of single phase fluid. In the second part, I will discuss the synthesis of polymer microbeads with encapsulated semiconductor nanocrystals (quantum dots or QDs) using microfluidic platforms. These composite microbeads can be used in bead-based formats for the high-throughput, multiplexed assaying of the binding interactions of biomolecules. In the last part, I will show how microfluidics can be used, along with computational fluid mechanics, to design point-of-care diagnostic tools and environmental sensors.

BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

  • Rutgers University, Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Current
  • Levich Institute Fellow, City College of CUNY, 2008 - 2010
  • Carnegie Mellon University, PhD Candidate of Mechanical Engineering, 2004 - 2008