Discrete Microfluidics Lab (DMFL)
Founded in 2013, the DMFL focuses on leveraging fundamental understanding of the interaction between electric fields and fluidic interfaces to design transformative technologies for applications in medical diagnostics, direct write printing, and energy harvesting. The DMFL is a 750 sq. ft. wet chemistry laboratory sectioned into locations for chemical storage and stock dilutions, droplet desiccation, digital microfluidics, collaborative design, student work stations, energy harvesting, and personal storage.
Major equipment: Ramé-Hart Goniometer / Tensiometer 250 (with environmental chamber); integrated National Instruments (NI) PXI controller and chassis (PXI 1033); NI PXI signal generator (PXI 5402); NI PXI LCR Meter (PXI 4072); NI PXI Matrix Switching Unit (PXI 2529); Trek PZT700A Amplifier (max voltage 700 V_RMS); Microfluidic Gel Bead Synthesis [single channel syringe pump (NE-1000), six channel syringe pump (NE-1600), UV lamp]; Amscope overhead microscope; additional Ramé-Hart 5-axis stage; QIClick CCD Camera (1.4 megapixels, 6.45 x 6.45 μm pixel size, 110 fps full frame); Point Grey Flea3 Monochrome USB 3.0 Camera (1.4 megapixel, 120 fps full frame); Scilogex D1008 Desktop Centrifuge; Branson 1.9 L ultrasonic bath with heating and degassing (CPX-952-118R); sink with eye bath station; 1.8 cu.ft. cold storage (4 ℃); Eppendorf Research plus pipettes (0.5-10μL \/ 10-100 μL \/ 100-1000 μL); assorted pipette tips and 1.5-50 mL re-sealable containers; Windows 7 PC with Ramé-Hart DROPimage software for transient droplet profiles; Windows 7 PC with Intel Core Duo processor and USB 3.0 and Firewire interface for overhead image capture; multiple Windows 7 PC’s with Intel Xenon processor (Office Suite and MATLAB).