282962 Integrating Process Systems Engineering with Microfluidic Device Development, Optimization and Control for Biomedical Applications

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Hall B (Convention Center )
Mranal Jain, Cain Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

My post-doctoral/ doctoral research experience includes modeling of electrokinetic transport processes and design optimization of microfluidic devices.  Microfluidic devices are portable devices capable of automating conventional analytical laboratory tests with short analysis time, low reagent/sample consumption. Such devices require fluid and particle manipulation to achieve various functionalities. My research focus is to gain fundamental understanding of transport phenomena at smaller length scales and apply it towards design of efficient microfluidic devices. My background in process systems engineering research (masters program) provides me with a unique perspective towards the microfluidics research problems. I believe that computational modeling at small scale would guide us towards better understanding of underlying physics and the performance of microfluidic devices can be improved further through application of optimization & control techniques.

In accordance with my background, my research interest lies at the interface of microfluidics and process systems engineering. I would like to contribute in following research areas:

  • Computational transport phenomena in bio-microfluidic devices
  • Multiphase microfluidics; Electrokinetic droplet generation
  • Design optimization for microfluidic devices using surface and topology optimization
  • Micromixing techniques and their performance analysis
  • Classical and non-linear electrokinetics
  • Application of process control techniques in microfluidics

In this poster, I will present summary of my research results. I will also discuss about various research challenges in above areas, their significance and possible approaches to tackle them.

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