SURF

Chasen Sherman

Modeling and Manufacturing of Microfluidic Diodes for Lab-On-A-Chip Applications

Microfluidics represents the future of global health care. The future of the microfluidic work which I will be doing is critical to lab-on-a-chip applications, where point of care health services will be able to be provided worldwide with small devices. What I specifically am working on is computer modeling of different microfluidic diodes and valves. Lab-on-a-chip devices are made up of many of these diodes and valves combined, and using advanced computer simulation techniques to predict the fluid flows will provide valuable insight into device design. Additionally, I will be working hands on in the lab to manufacture the diodes and test them with different flow rates. The devices are manufactured using optical lithography, which means that they are blasted with U light which hardens the material into the proper shape.

Message to Sponsor

The opportunity to participate in the SURF Rose Hills program is a unique and exciting one for me. It is great to have the freedom to continue pursuing my research while not being financially burdened, and the time that I have to devote to research will allow to make far greater progress than during the school year. The experience of working in the lab this summer will be a great help to me going forward with my career in engineering. Thank you so much to the Rose Hills Foundation for giving me this wonderful opportunity.
  • Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • Sponsor: SURF Rose Hills fellow
  • Mentor: Liwei Lin, Mechanical Engineering