Microfluidic Technologies - from conventional approaches towards
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Dec 21, 2011, Wednesday @ 13:40-14:30 @ FENS L027

Microfluidic Technologies

- from conventional approaches towards future trends -

Dr. Çağlar Elbüken

Koç University, Dept. of Electrical & Electronics Eng.


Microfluidic technologies enable the use of small scale fluid control and analysis. Compared to their bulky counterparts, microfluidic devices yield faster, higher performance and cost-effective assays. One of the main bottlenecks in microfluidic devices is the need for parallelization for increased throughput while keeping the device dimensions at minimum. Discrete microfluidic devices based on manipulation of droplets in microchannels (two-phase flow) is the leading technology for ultra-high throughput.

In this seminar, examples of microdroplet based systems will be provided. Microdroplet detection systems and microdroplet trafficking in multi-branch networks will be presented. In the second half of the seminar, point-of-care diagnostic devices will be discussed. With tremendous improvements in micro device technologies, novel technologies find applications as point-of-care devices.  I-Stat system will be presented as an exemplary handheld analyzer providing lab-quality results.


Caglar Elbuken received his B.Sc. degree from Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Bilkent University, Turkey, in 2004 and his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering at University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2008. He has worked as a post-doc at Waterloo Microfluidics Laboratory. (http://www.microfluidics.uwaterloo.ca). Then, he worked as a senior scientist at R&D department of Abbott Point of Care, Ottawa, Canada (http://www.abbottpointofcare.com/). Abbott Point of Care is dedicated to designing and manufacturing of I-Stat, a handheld device that provides lab-quality blood test results. Currently, he is working as a research assistant professor at Dept. of Electrical & Electronics Engineering at Koc University. His research expertise spans the fields of lab-on-a-chip devices, microdroplet-based microfluidic systems and point-of-care technologies.

Res. Asst. Prof. Dr. Caglar Elbuken

Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Koc University

Istanbul, Turkey

Tel: 212-3381053

E-mail: celbuken@ku.edu.tr