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MEMS Seminar: From Microfluidics to Polymer Microgels to their Biological Applications

Duke Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Professor Eugenia Kumacheva

Polymer microgels with dimensions in the micrometer size range and precisely controlled size, composition and structure can be effectively synthesized or assembled using microfluidic methods. The method utilizes microfluidic emulsification of the precursor solution of the biopolymer and subsequent gelation of precursor droplets using chemical or physical crosslinking. This presentation reviews recent progress of our group in the microfluidic generation of microges from biological and synthetic polymers and their applications in biology and medicine.

Eugenia Kumacheva received her undergraduate degree and M.Sc. degree in The Technical University (Saint Petersburg) and her Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry of Polymers (Russian Academy of Sciences). She was Minerva Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 1996, she joined the University of Toronto as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to the ranks of Professor in 2005. She was Visiting Professor at the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Harvard, Moscow State University, Universitè Louis Pasteur and the University of Bayreuth. Since 2006, she is Canada Research Chair in Advanced Polymer Materials (Tier 1).

Lunch will be served at 11:30 am.

Contact: Brandy Oldham