My research focuses on developing new instrumentation for liquids.
I am particularly interested in microfluidics: new applications, but particularly new ways of making devices.
The fabrication methods I have available include: precision milling, soft lithography, injection moulding, and laser cutting.
Past projects have included:
- Microfluidic filters for stem cells
- Cycling a train of microdrops containing single cells for extended studies of the cell cycle
- High voltage control and precision capacitance sensing for droplets in microfluidics
- Model-driven design of ducts for ultrasonic filters (concentrating microalgae for biofuels)
- assessment of rectal sphincter control
- flow measurements for testing new types of stent to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms
- an FPGA-based cross-correlator for highly parallel particle counting
Working with collaborators around the university, currently I am working on
- arrays of fibre optic sensors (temperature, turbidity, chemical species)
- applying microfluidic production methods to skin scaffolds for treatment of burns
- microfluidics for spinning fibres
- microfluidic rheometry
- Improving the speed of Time-of-Flight Seconary-Ion Mass Spectrometry (co-investigator EP/N028945/1)