What we do

We employ the power of microfluidics to precisely control reaction transport processes and to collect unique, experimental information on these processes.

What we do - LabMBE

Our research utilizing microfluidic systems focuses on

  • The understanding and description of various physical phenomena often driven by a connected electric field.
  • The intensification/mitigation of observed phenomena by exploiting the properties of microfluidic systems.
  • The design and testing of functional chemical systems with potential future use in the areas of reaction and separation applications.

The specific projects involve

  • Fabrication of microfluidic systems (design, UV lithography, micromachining, 3D printing)
  • Investigation of ion-exchange systems (structure and function of ion-exchange membranes and resin particles, their electrokinetic behavior)
  • Water desalination by electrodialysis and non-traditional desalination techniques.
  • Nanostructured conductive materials as functional elements in batteries, electrochemical reactors, and biosensors.
  • Separation techniques driven by electric field.
  • Enzymatic reactions.
Why microfluidics and microfluidic technologies - LabMBE

Why microfluidics and microfluidic technologies

Microfluidics opens up a whole new world of possibilities in both fundamental and application science. Due to the properties intrinsic to microfluidic systems, namely short transport distances, and large surface-to-volume dimension, we can perform many earlier unprecedented experiments and make systems with new or improved functions and performance. The research in this area thus deepens our understanding of not only reaction transport processes pertinent to chemical engineering but to science in general and it paves the way for the development of either new applications or improved versions of the current applications.

Where we are heading - LabMBE

Where we are heading

The major driving forces of our research are the desire to understand things, to find the answers for what we observe in our microfluidic systems, and the effort to utilize what we have learned for something useful. Therefore, we design our microfluidic systems according to what we want to do, we make the systems, we measure and observe (ideally at the same time) and then we ponder what it all means and what this can be used for.