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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics World Congress 2018

Moran Bercovici's Biography

Moran Bercovici, Associate Professor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering; Head, Technion Microfluidic Technologies Laboratory, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

Moran Bercovici is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. His lab combines experimental, analytical, and computational tools to study problems characterized by coupling between fluid mechanics, heat transfer, electric fields, chemical reactions, and biological processes. He is equally interested in understanding basic physical mechanisms and in leveraging them to create new tools and technologies across different disciplines. His current focus areas are in rapid prototyping, adaptive optics, microscale flow control, configurable microstructures, and lab-on-chip systems. Moran holds a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, worked as postdoctoral fellow at Stanford School of Medicine, and was a Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. He authored and co-authored over 50 articles in top peer-reviewed journals, is the inventor of more than 20 patents, and is the recipient of several awards including the EU ERC Starting Grant, and the Blavatnik Prize – considered one of the most prestigious awards to young scientists in Israel.

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Dipolar Thermocapillary Motor and Swimmer

Tuesday, 2 October 2018 at 11:45

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The ability to manipulate fluids at the microscale is a key element of any lab-on-a-chip platform, enabling core functionalities such as liquid mixing, splitting and transport of molecules and particles. Lab-on-a-chip devices are commonly divided in two main families: continuous phase devices, and discrete phase (droplets) devices. While a large number of mechanisms are available for precise control of droplets on a large scale, microscale control of continuous phases remains a substantial challenge. In this talk I will present our ongoing work leveraging thermocapillary flows to induce and control flows in microfluidic channels.  I will begin by providing theoretical background on thermocapillary dipoles induced in a Hele-Shaw cell with a small circular opening, and show that such a configuration can act as a thermocapillary motor capable of driving liquids through micro-channels and in Hele-Shaw type devices. I will then demonstrate that thermocapillary dipoles can be superposed in order to create various two-dimensional flow patterns, allowing for transport of liquids which are not confined to a one-dimensional micro-channel. Finally, I will show that the same principles can be applied to create a new type of surface swimmer whose motion is activated by illumination.

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