Andrew deMello: Microfluidics for Ultra-High Throughput Biology: Droplets a Photons 

15. 3. 2018, University Campus Brno

About the lecture

The past 25 years have seen considerable progress in the development of microfabricated systems for use in the chemical and biological sciences. At a basic level, microfluidic activities have been stimulated by the fact that physical processes can be more easily controlled when instrumental dimensions are reduced to the micron scale. The relevance of such technology is significant and characterized by a range of features that accompany system miniaturization.

Such features include the ability to process small volumes of fluid, enhanced analytical performance, reduced instrumental footprints, low unit costs, facile integration of functional components within monolithic substrates and the capacity to exploit atypical fluid behaviour to control chemical and biological entities in both time and space.

The lecture will discuss how the spontaneous formation of droplets in microfluidic systems can be exploited to perform a chemical (and biological) experiments and why the marriage of such systems with optical spectroscopies provides a direct route to high-throughput and high-information content experimentation.

Prof. Andrew deMello

Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

  • Andrew is currently Professor of Biochemical Engineering in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences at ETH Zurich and Head of the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering. Prior to his arrival in Zurich he was Professor of Chemical Nanosciences and Head of the Nanostructured Materials and Devices Section in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London. 
  • His research interests cover a broad range of activities in the general area of microfluidics and nanoscale science.
  • Primary specializations include the development of microfluidic devices for high-throughput biological and chemical analysis, ultra-sensitive optical detection techniques, nanofluidic reaction systems for chemical synthesis, novel methods for nanoparticle synthesis, the exploitation of semiconducting materials in diagnostic applications, the development of intelligent microfluidics and the processing of living organisms.
  • Science originating from the deMello group has been recognized through the award of the 2002 SAC Silver Medal (Royal Society of Chemistry), the 2009 Clifford Paterson Medal from The Royal Society, the 2009 Corday Morgan Medal (Royal Society of Chemistry) and the 2007 Clark Memorial Lectureship (California State University).
  • Most recently Andrew was awarded the 2012 Pioneers of Miniaturization Lectureship by Dow Corning and the RSC.
  • Laboratory webpage: https://demellogroup.ethz.ch/en/index