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IMA Annual Program Year Workshop
Microfluidics: Electrokinetic and Interfacial Phenomena
December 7-11, 2009

Martin Z. Bazant Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sandip Ghosal Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
Susan J. Muller Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Ali Nadim Mathematical Sciences, Claremont Graduate University
Todd Squires Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Microfluidics is the science of fluid motion on microscopic scales, roughly 100 nanometers to 100 microns. In this regime inertial effects are negligible and interfacial effects, i.e., surface tension, capillarity, electrostatic charge, etc. dominate. The subject has emerged as an area of intense interest in the applied sciences because of applications in nanotechnology and bio-analytical chemistry. The workshop will focus on topics in the basic science of ionic fluids: zeta potentials, Debye Layers, electroosmosis and electrophoresis; interfacial effects and applications such as controlled droplet motion by electrowetting, and the Brownian hydrodynamics of macromolecules and polymers.


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