In brief, I work in the field of microfluidics. A bit wordier, I am interested in the design of microfluidic chips and flow cells for applications in heterogeneous catalysis and reaction. Specified by individual fields, my research interests are in the areas of microfluidics, fluid dynamics and transport phenomena, computational fluid dynamics, 3D printing, microfabrication and nanofabrication, biosensing, biophysics, biomolecular interactions, catalysis, reactor design, and polymer chemistry.
Many of the projects I am currently working on are founded on the use of intricate microfluidic “chips” composed of interweaved microchannels (and having additional functionalities), designed via the aid of CFD, and created via the combination of a variety of modern 3D printing methods with precise microfabrication and nanofabrication techniques. These chips, having unmatched control over fluidic conditions within each experiment, are used for several purposes, often in collaboration with other groups, for example: for use with advanced biosensors (SPR, QCM) to detect bacteria and other pathogens for food safety; as microfluidic reactors to create antifouling (and functionalizable) polymer-based biosensing surfaces with superior properties over those created by standard chemical methods; and for use in organ-on-a-chip applications to study biological processes on the single-cell level.