I have worked on a number of different interdisciplinary research projects throughout of my Ph.D., in the fields of microfluidics, biomedical devices, electrocheical energy conversion and water purification and desalination. (Please click the links below to read more about each project.)
Zebrafish/sperm swim pattern study (coming soon)
water desalination/Capacitive deionization
Capacitive deionization (CDI) is an emerging alternative technique for water desalination. It is especially promising for treating water with low and moderate salt concentration, also known as brackish water. The key component of a CDI cell is a pair of porous carbon electrodes. Salt ions are removed from water and held electrostatically at the pore surface. CDI operates at low voltage (<1.4V) and low pressure, and has the potential to be cost effective and energy efficient…
biological sample preparation by isotachophoresis
Isotachophoresis (ITP) is an electrophoretic technique that both separates and pre-concentrates ions based on their electrophoretic mobility.
ITP is a robust sample preparation method and has been recently extensively applied to extraction and purification of both DNA and RNA targets from a variety of samples including blood, urine, and cell culture. ITP sample preparation of nucleic acids has also been shown to be compatible with downstream assays including qPCR and hybridization reactions…