Dripping Jetting Drops and Wetting: The Magic of Microfluidics

David Weitz, Harvard University

Friday, January 25, 2008

Spanos Auditorium

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This seminar is part of the Jones Seminars on Science, Technology, and Society series

This talk will discuss some of the new opportunities that arise by precisely controlling droplets using microfluidic devices. I will show how the exquisite control afforded by the microfluidic devices provides the enabling technology to use droplets as nanoreactors to qualitatively increase the rate of combinatorial screening of chemical reactions, leading to important new applications in biotechnology. In addition, I will show how droplets can be used as templates to create sophisticated new structures that may find uses in applications such as drug delivery.

About the Speaker

David Weitz, received his PhD from Harvard. He worked at Exxon Research and Engineering as a research physicist for nearly 18 years, and then became a Professor of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania. He moved to Harvard about 8 years ago, and is currently the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics and Applied Physics. He is also the director of Harvard's MRSEC. He is involved in several start-up companies based on research done in his lab.