Interfacial Engineering in Microsystems – Moving and Assembling Chips and Drops

Speaker:   Prof. Karl F. Böhringer
Time:       9:30-10:15, July 11
Location:  SIST 1A 200
Host:       Prof. Tao Wu
A well-known result of down-scaling to micro or nano dimensions is the dominance of surface over bulk phenomena. Thus, when designing micro-scale systems, the ability to model and control surface properties is of utmost importance. A key concept is the programmable surface” – an interface whose properties can be controlled with high spatial and temporal resolution. This presentation introduces several kinds of engineered programmable surfaces and shows their application in self-assembling microsystems, droplet-based microfluidic systems and self-cleaning surfaces.
Karl F. Böhringer received his Dipl.-Inform. degree from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany in 1990 and his M.S. / Ph.D. degrees in computer science from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 1993 / 1997. He was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University in 1994-95 and a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Berkeley from 1996 to 1998. He joined the University of Washington in Seattle, WA in 1998, where he is currently Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, Director of the Nano-engineered Systems Institute, and Site Director for the University of Washington / Oregon State University node in the NSF National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. He held visiting faculty positions at the Universities of Tohoku, Tokyo, Kyoto (Japan), São Paulo (Brazil) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland). 
SIST-Seminar 18189