Micro- and nanofluidics are truly interdisciplinary research areas encompassing aspects of physics, chemistry, biology, mechanical, material, chemical, electrical, and biomedical engineering. After the “birth” of microfluidics as an independent discipline about 20 years ago, a number of applications have been identified for which the handling of liquids and gases at small length compared to conventional technologies promises superior performance or novel functions. The list of promising fields of application includes genomics, proteomics, cytomics, pharmacology, chemical process technology, energy technology, and even optics. The advantages of micro- and nanofluidic devices and systems are in some cases due to novel sub-continuum physical effects, but in many other cases to scaling effects. The latter refer to the fact that a number of phenomena present but insignificant in the macroscopic world become dominating effects in the microscopic world. In this course, both fundamental and application aspects of micro- and nanofluidics are presented, based on the insight that true technological breakthroughs often rely on a profound understanding of the scientific basics.
This course addresses researchers and students with some background in fluid mechanics who wish to get an overview of the rapidly developing fields of micro- and nanofluidics, especially those who strive to understand the underlying physical phenomena.
Contents of the Course
Scale analysis of transport phenomena, pressure-, thermally, and wettability-driven flows, electrokinetic flows, gas flows on small scales, molecular dynamics simulations, micro- and nanoscale thermofluid diagnostics.
Flow though carbon nanotubes, manipulation of droplets by electrowetting, electrokinetic manipulation of colloids, biomedical microdevices.
Prof. Steffen Hardt, TU Darmstadt
Prof. Steve Wereley, Purdue University
Prof. Alexander Yarin, University of Iillinois
Ort: L1 08 / 4 & 23