Affordance Microfluidics
  • Sungyoung Choi Ph.D
  • SLS Colloquia / April 12th 04:00 pm / BLDG 110 ROOM N104
Abstract

Microfluidics and related biotechnologies have made great advances over the past decades, realizing that was not possible with conventional methods. Despite such significant progresses, many of these microfluidic technologies still face difficulties in successful clinical and industrial translation that can lead to the widespread adoption and commercialization of the technologies. A major reason for the translation issue is that the use of microfluidics technologies is limited to experts in the field of microfluidics. The address the issue, I have developed a new concept of microfluidics called affordance microfluidics that provides a perceived clue how to use a microfluidic device, thereby significantly improving the usability of microfluidic devices. In this talk, I will describe smart pipettes as an example of affordance microfluidics that can generate pressure-driven flows through microfluidic devices with similar usability to commercial micropipettes.