Seminar: Topics in Microfluidics and Sensing Technology

Professor Boris Stoeber

Professor Boris Stoeber

BORIS STOEBER, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UBC and Canada Research Chair in Microfluidics and Sensing Technology

WHEN: October 29, 2015
TIME: 12:30-1:30 pm
WHERE: Kaiser 2020
WHO: Open to students, faculty & industry

This talk gives a high-level overview of some of the work done in my research group. Our research topics primarily include small-scale systems with focus areas in microfluidics and sensing technology. Our work includes some more fundamental research as well as more applied projects on innovative device concepts. (1) Microneedles are small mechanical structures that provide an interface with the human skin for drug delivery or biosensing. Our solvent casting process involves interesting flow physics and allows creating arrays of hollow microneedles for these applications. (2) We have developed flow control concepts using thermally responsive fluids that solidify reversibly at elevated temperatures. (3) We separate particles in air by size inside a microfluidic system and we detect them optically. This has applications to air quality assessment and to personal exposure monitoring. (4) Our functionalized paper for sensing applications has been applied to piezoresistive and piezoelectric paper-based accelerometers. (5) Our new concept of a microlens array-based magnifier for near-eye displays results in more compact displays compared to current technology.
Boris Stoeber received the electrical engineering Diploma from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, in 1998, the general engineering Diploma from the École Centrale de Lyon, Ecully, France, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2002. From 2003 to 2005, he was a Postdoctoral Scientist in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2005, he has been with the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, where he is an Associate Professor. He holds the Canada Research Chair for Microfluidics and Sensing Technology, and he is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Sensors Journal.
Dr. Stoeber is also an active member of the Energy Reduction in Mechanical Pulping research group.

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