State Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI: AMSV Distinguished Seminar

The University Seminar on “Electromicrofluidic Manipulations of Cells and Hydrogels for Heterogeneous Architectures” will take place as follows:

Date: 31 Oct 2016 (Mon)

Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Venue: Lecture Hall, G013, N21, University of Macau


The Lecture is:

“Electromicrofluidic Manipulations of Cells and Hydrogels for Heterogeneous Architectures”


The speaker is:

Prof. Shih-Kang Fan
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department, Researcher in the Center for Biotechnology, National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan



Shih-Kang Fan is Professor at in the Mechanical Engineering Department and Researcher in the Center for Biotechnology at National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan. He received his B.S. from National Central University, Taiwan in 1996 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2001 and 2003, respectively. In 2004, Dr. Fan started his career at National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan and rose to Associate Professor in the Institute of Nanotechnology and the Department of Material Sciences before he moved to NTU in 2012.

Dr. Fan is known for his contributions in electrowetting, electro-microfluidics, tissue engineering, and in vitro diagnosis. He is the recipient of several awards, including the “Ta-You Wu Memorial Award” from National Science Council in 2011, the “Research Award for Junior Research Investigators” from Academia Sinica in 2012, the “Young Scholar’s Creativity Award” from Foundation for the Advancement of Outstanding Scholarship between 2014 to 2017, and the “TBF Chair in Biotechnology” from Taiwan Bio-Development Foundation between 2014 and 2024. He was elected Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry in 2016.

In addition to his academic accomplishments, he also served in professional societies and conferences. He was General Chair of the International Conference on Optofluidics and the International Meeting on Electrowetting.



Electromicrofluidic Manipulations of Cells and Hydrogels for Heterogeneous Architectures

Manipulations of cells and hydrogels to construct heterogeneous architectures are demonstrated on an electromicrofluidic platform with electrowetting and dielectrophoresis. The electromicrofluidic techniques are essential to access varied objects (a) in multiple phases such as prepolymer liquid droplets and crosslinked hydrogels, (b) on a wide range of scales from micrometer particles or cells to millimeter assembled hydrogel architectures, and (c) with diverse properties such as conductive and dielectric droplets that are photo, chemically, or thermally crosslinkable. The achieved hydrogel architectures are composed of (i) varied particles or cells reorganized in programmable patterns and (ii) biomimetic hydrogel of designed properties and in adjustable geometries. The electromicrofluidic platform, capable of generic manipulations of cells and hydrogels, is desirable for reconfigurable 3D architectures.