In microfluidic systems, active control of fluids and species is essential. examples are pumping, mixing, mechanical actuation, micromechanical probing of cells and tissues, and biomolecule capture for diagnostics. we develop and apply micro-actuators, responsive surfaces,  and magnetic bead actuation systems, to realize these functions. In addition, we develop methods to study meso-structured and soft materials such as gels, emulsions, foams, and polymers.


  • Active microfluidics
  • Artificial cilia
  • Responsive surfaces
  • Magnetic beads
  • Meso-structured and soft materials


  • Self-cleaning surfaces Ye Wang
  • Sponge-like Particles: Frank Aangenendt
  • Anti-fouling surfaces Shuaizhong Zhang

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