Dr. Schertzer is primarily interested in droplet based microfluidic technologies for applications in point of care medical diagnostics, multiphase heat transfer and energy generation. His contributions to these areas have focused on developing a deeper fundamental and practical understanding of fluid mechanics and heat transfer as well as the development of novel techniques for sensing and control in microfluidic devices. As a result of this work he is also developed a practical understanding of several microfabrication techniques.
Dr. Schertzer received the Bachelor of Engineering and Management (a double major in Mechanical and Commerce) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science from McMaster University for his work examining the heat transfer performance of capillary pumped loops in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial applications. He earned his Doctorate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto for his work characterizing the motion and mixing of droplets in Digital Microfluidic Devices. He continued this work as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto where he focused on the design and commercialization of a point of care Digital Microfluidic device. Dr. Schertzer has published his research in high impact journals including Langmuir, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, the Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, and the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. In addition to academic research, Dr. Schertzer has had the opportunity to consult and collaborate with industrial partners in the areas of point of care medical diagnostics, public health and power generation.