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Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory

Welcome to Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory

The applications of microfluidics are wide ranging include grand challenge applications such as water purification and genetics research. The field lies at the interfaces between engineering, physics, chemistry, material science, and biology.

Our group is focused on the following activities:

  • Capacitive deionization (CDI) to remove salt and ionic toxins from water and thereby create safe drinking water.

  • Automation, optimization, and miniaturization of chemical and biochemical analyses, with particular emphasis on molecular diagnostics methods.

  • Fundamental challenges, including combined experimental and theoretical exploration of the coupling between fluid flow, electrostatics, dispersion, mixing, separation, and reaction processes, and the quantitation of chemical species.

The Stanford Microfluidics Laboratory operates under the direction of Professor Juan G. Santiago of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. A major theme of our lab is the exploitation of the physical regimes associated with micro- and nanoscales to achieve new functionality. The long-term goal is to enable electrokinetic, chemical, and biological discoveries, to help define the role of engineers in microfluidics and water purification, and educate the future leaders in the field.