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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics Europe 2019

Dermot Diamond's Biography

Dermot Diamond, Professor, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University

Dermot Diamond received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Queen’s University Belfast (Chemical Sensors, 1987, Internet Scale Sensing, 2002), and was Vice-President for Research at Dublin City University (2002-2004). He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, is a named inventor in 13 patents, and is co-author and editor of four books. He is director and founding member of the National Centre for Sensor Research ( at Dublin City University, and is currently a Principle Investigator in CLARITY (, a major SFI funded CSET focused on wireless sensor networks. In 2002, he was awarded the inaugural silver medal for Sensor Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London, and in 2006 he received the DCU President’s Award for research excellence. His research is focused on the fundamental science of stimuli responsive polymers, the development of futuristic autonomous chemical sensing platforms, and the use of analytical devices and sensors as information providers for wireless networked systems i.e. building a continuum between the digital and molecular worlds.

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Microfluidic Platforms with Bioinspired Functionalities: New Concepts for Future Devices

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 at 08:30

Add to Calendar ▼2019-06-19 08:30:002019-06-19 09:30:00Europe/LondonMicrofluidic Platforms with Bioinspired Functionalities: New Concepts for Future DevicesLab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2019 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The

Through developments in fabrication technologies in recent years, it is now possible to build and characterize much more sophisticated 3D platforms than was formerly the case.  Regions of differing polarity, binding behaviour, flexibility/rigidity can now be incorporated into these fluidic systems.  Furthermore, materials that can switch these characteristics can be incorporated, enabling the creation of microfluidic building blocks that exhibit switchable characteristics such as programmed microvehicle movement (chemotaxis), switchable binding and release, switchable soft polymer actuation (e.g. valving), and selective uptake and release of molecular targets.  These building blocks can be in turn integrated into microfluidic systems with hitherto unsurpassed functionalities that can contribute to bridging the gap between what is required and what science can currently deliver for many challenging applications. Recent developments now enable complex 3D arrangements of soft, switchable polymer gel structures to be created with sub-micron feature size resolution, opening completely new possibilities for control of the chemistry of liquid-solid system.  This emerging transition from existing engineering-inspired 2D to bioinspired 3D fluidic concepts appears to represent a major turning point in the evolution of microfluidics. For example, implementation of these disruptive concepts may open the way to realising biochemical sensing systems with performance characteristics far beyond those of current devices.

Add to Calendar ▼2019-06-18 00:00:002019-06-19 00:00:00Europe/LondonLab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2019Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics Europe 2019 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The