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Seminar: Constructing 3D Heterogenous Hydrogels on an Electromicrofluidic Platform

Duke Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Friday, November 02, 2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Dr. Shih-Kang Fan | National Taiwan University

Manufacturing of three-dimensional (3D) architectures through assembly of (1) prepolymer hydrogel droplets with suspended cells/particles/molecules and (2) crosslinked building blocks with reorganized embedded objects is demonstrated on an electromicrofluidic platform. The complex and heterogeneous 3D architectures are in great demand in various applications, including in the construction of artificial tissues that recapitulate physiological functions by imitating biological structures and in the production of novel metamaterials with properties atypical or nonexistent in nature. 3D hydrogel building blocks with reorganized cells or particles are formed and assembled on the electromicrofluidic platform adopting electrowetting and dielectrophoresis.

Shih-Kang Scott Fan is Distinguished Professor of the Mechanical Engineering Department and Researcher of the Center for Biotechnology in National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan. He received his B.S. from National Central University, Taiwan in 1996 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 2004, Dr. Fan became Assistant Professor at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, and rose to Associate Professor in the Institute of Nanotechnology and the Department of Material Sciences before he moved to NTU in 2012.
Dr. Fan's research interests include electrowetting, electromicrofluidics, in vitro diagnosis, and advanced manufacturing.