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Microfluidics: A Collaboration between the Chemistry and Biology Departments

September 21, 2016

In spring 2016, Dr. Kermin J. Martínez-Hernández, assistant professor of chemistry; Dr. Nahyr D. Rovira-Figueroa, general chemistry coordinator and adjunct faculty of chemistry; and Dr. Fernando Ontiveros, assistant professor of biology, established a collaboration on the implementation of a novel microfluidic laboratory experiment for the general chemistry laboratory curriculum.

Through this collaboration, Ontiveros was invited to teach PETL (microfluidic chips) fabrication to an undergraduate audience of biology, chemistry, and physics students at Beloit College in April 2016. He also presented an oral talk at the American Society for Mechanical Engineering on PETL fabrication in Washington, D.C. in July, and was asked to lead a workshop on microfluidics and PETL fabrication at the University of Rochester Department of Bioengineering (URnano) facility as part of a weeklong series of workshops on micro analysis and micro fabrication in August.

“The implementation of this new laboratory experiment was well received by the students at Fisher and by colleagues around the United States,” said Martínez-Hernández.

An article reporting on the results of the laboratory implementation at Fisher was submitted to the Journal of Nano Education in September 2016.