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Abstract Title: W30 - Microfluidics Fabrication Workshop
Abstract: Organizers: Kevin Seale and Ron Reiserer from Vanderbilt University Searle Systems Biology and Bioengineering Undergraduate Research Experience (Searle SyBBURE)

This workshop will introduce participants to the fundamentals of UV lithography and PDMS microfabrication of devices. These methods have been developed and used successfully by SyBBURE undergraduates at Vanderbilt to build and implement novel devices for studies of physical, chemical and biological phenomena including nanopumps, valves, mixers, chemical gradient generators and microformulators.

The hands-on portion of the workshop will include:
-- Ratiometric mixing of polydimethylsiloxane polymer epoxy
-- Casting of prefabbed microchannel mixer masters
-- Curing, punching and plasma bonding procedures for device assembly
-- Priming and controlled perfusion of the fabricated device with miscible colored liquids

Hands-on work will be accompanied by a concurrent informational powerpoint presentation with handouts and plenty of opportunity for question and answers. Our objective is to provide a tool kit and resources for professors who may wish to incorporate microfluidic methods into their laboratory courses.
Abstract Type: Workshop

Workshop Documents

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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kevin Seale
Vanderbilt University