Our research focuses on sample processing. We are developing technologies to manipulate at the microscopic scale cells and fluids for characterisation, sorting and detection. Only some of our current research activities are presented here - please check our Publications List for more details.
Short INTRODUCTION TO MICROFLUIDICS
One key area of our research is microfluidics. Microfluidic devices are commonly small chips containing a network of channels of similar sizes to the diameter of a human hair. Fluids and cells are injected in such devices to benefit from the physics occurring at the micrometer scale. Several processes can benefit from this miniaturisation such as mixing, sorting or detection. In our group, we are particularly interested in designs of microfluidic devices that can be used for separating/purifying particles with high precision. This separation can be label-free, i.e. only relying on differences in morphological and/or mechanical properties between particles or assisted (e.g. with functionalised nanoparticles). Some examples of applications include our work on stem cell bioprocessing or waterborne pathogen detection.