Título: Microfluidics enhanced materials synthesis
Prof. Amy Shen, University of Washington, Seattle, EUA
Local: CT, SALA G-122.
The flow of complex fluids in confined geometries produces rich and new phenomena due to the interaction between the intrinsic length-scales of the fluid and the geometric length-scales of the device. In this talk, I will showcase a variety of self assembly fluids (surfactant, lipid and supramolecular systems) that yield a novel route to synthesizing bio- compatible nanoporous materials. Through a combination of experiment and modeling I will show how self-assembly, confinement, and flow can be utilized to control fluid microstructure and system phase transitions, and thus to enhance the controlled synthesis of bio-compatible new materials.
Amy Shen received her Ph.D in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in October 2000. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University from 2000-2002. Amy Shen is an associate professor in Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering at University of Washington and served as the director of soft matter and microfluidics laboratory. Amy’s research is focused on the complex fluids and the hydrodynamics of these materials to create morphologies and structures that can find application in the nanotechnology, biotechnology, microelectronics, and energy related materials. Amy received Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award in 2003 and the National Science Foundation's CAREER Award in 2007. Amy is also an honor member of Phi Kappa Phi and Pi Tau Sigma.