Microfluidics Award 2022
Microfluidics has emerged very quickly as a distinct new area of research thanks to its application in many diverse fields, such as chemistry, biology, medicine, and physical sciences. From the early days where it was limited to specialists in a few laboratories, the number of researchers, in both academic and industry, using Microfluidics has exponentially increased all over the world fueling the world with new innovations. The Microfluidic awards aims at recognizing the dynamism of the Chinese Microfluidics field and its researchers.
As a pioneer in providing instruments for projects where Microfluidic technology is needed, Fluigent is honored to sponsor The Microfluidic awards addressed to researchers in China. During the last 15 years, while supporting Microfluidics users, Fluigent has accumulated a huge expertise and has become the Worldwide leader for innovative fluid control solutions in Microfluidics. More than 6000 equipments are used in more than 50 countries, and hundreds of them are in China, one of the countries where researchers showed great skills in the field of Microfluidics.
“At Fluigent, every day we are witnessing how Microfluidics is positively impacting our world and are amazed by the fantastic applications of Microfluidic. We strongly believe that those awards will highlight the fantastic works done in research laboratories and will foster new ideas and partnerships from which we will all benefit.”
France Hamber, CEO of Fluigent
Three Prizes for PhD students: 8000 RMB (each) & Typical French Wine
Two prizes for New PhD researchers: 10000 RMB (each) & Typical French Wine
CONDITIONS TO APPLY
- All the submitted work should be related to Microfluidics
- Candidate’s current university/institute/company should be in China
- Candidates have already published their work in the past, the published work (paper, article, patent..) is enough to apply. Candidates must be one of the authors
- Candidates who want to apply with non published work (ongoing or old), are requested to submit a PDF document summarizing their work with related results. They should indicate all the workmates /professors /supervisors..; who have participated in the same work
- 2021 winners cannot apply with the same work
Candidates should be :
- PhD candidates (during 2021-2022)
- New PhD researchers (PhD obtained after August 2018)
Candidates shall not contact reviewers for any reason related to this award. Any contact with reviewers will lead to immediate disqualification.
Incomplete forms, false declarations or non-compliance to the application conditions in the targeted category will lead to immediate disqualification.
MICROFLUIDICS AWARD SCHEDULE
Heads of the reviewing board
Xing Cheng 程鑫
Southern University of Science and Technology
Xing Cheng joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Southern University of Science and Technology as a full professor in 2013. He received BS degree in Geochemistry from University of Science and Technology of China in 1997, MS degree in Geochemistry from Stanford University in 1999, and PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 2005.
He joined Texas A&M University as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2006, and became an Associate Professor in 2012. His research interests include several basic and applied areas: 1) high-resolution lithographic techniques, particularly nanoimprint, and 3D micro- and nanofabrication techniques; 2) electronic and photonic devices based on new semiconductors and functional materials; 3) micro- and nanofluidic structures and devices; and 4) Microfluidics.
Prof. L. Q. “Rick” Wang received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada, and is currently a chair professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Programme at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He also serves as the Director and the Chief Scientist for the Laboratory for Nanofluids and Thermal Engineering at the Zhejiang Institute of Research and Innovation (HKU-ZIRI), the University of Hong Kong.
Prof. Wang has 26 years of HKU experience in transport phenomena, biomedical engineering, materials, nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy and environment, thermal and power engineering, and mathematics. In addition to 11 scholarly monographs/books, five book chapters, 40+ patents and software copyrights, 80+ keynote lectures at international conferences, and 170+ invited lectures in universities/industries/organizations, Prof. Wang has published 260+ papers in various prestigious journals including Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Advanced Materials, PNAS, Physical Review Letters, Chemical Reviews, Materials Today, and Physics Reports.
His work received recognition through a number of awards, including the 2021 Gold Medal of International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, the 2018 TechConnect Global Innovation Award, the 2018 Silver Medal of International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, the 2017 OSA Innovation Award, and the 2016 First Outstanding Achievement Award of Hangzhou Oversea Scholars, among others.
Yanbo Xie is now tenured full Professor in Northwestern Polytechnical University since 2015. He received BS degree from Physics department in Northwestern Polytechnical University, MS degree from School of Physics in Peking University, and PhD degree from MESA+ institute for Nanotechnology in University of Twente in 2013.
His research interests include fundamental and application areas: 1. Mass transportation phenomena in nanofluidics, particular for ions and particles in confinement; 2. the electrokinetics at interface considering slipping boundaries; 3. multiphase flow like droplets or bubbles and their applications in interdisciplinary areas.
Fluigent is the global leader in providing fluid handling solutions for a wide range of applications related to Microfluidics where fluid control is critical.
Since its foundation, Fluigent has committed to set up the standards and to make progress in Microfluidics. More than 6 000 Fluigent systems have been installed in academic and industrial groups in 50 countries around the world.
For 15 years, Fluigent has strived to stay at the forefront of science. Its innovative solutions facilitate the work of researchers by allowing them to focus on the science, not on the setup. According to a survey done on a representative sample, Fluigent’s microfluidic solutions saved 25,470 hours globally in 2020 for R&D researchers.
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Micro-blox firstly introduces blocks concept into microfluidics platform. Micro-blox divide a microfluidics system into blocks as sample handling, process monitoring, microfluidics chip, and analyzing block. In further dividing microfluidics chips micro-blox or nano-blox as different elements to integrate them into different functional chips. Based on this concept, Micro-blox can design a microfluidics system with simplicity, miniature and low-cost.
Interview of a winner of the 2021 First edition of the Microfluidics Award
After the 2021 Microlfuidic awards, we were very honored to be able to interview Yu Ma, one of the winners, to discuss his research project, his future project, and how Fluigent helped him advanced in his field.
Transcript of the interview
- Could you please introduce yourself and your research field ?
At first I would like to introduce myself and the field I am working on. My name is Ma Yu and I am a PhD student from Northwestern University. My main researching field is microfluidics and nanofluidics. And also some research on membranes in nanofluidics.
- How would you define microfluidics and what does it represents to you ?
For myself, Microfluidic is the study of physical or the electrical properties of things in the meter of microns. Or directly the study of things in micrometers, such as bubbles or droplets, etc. For myself, it is a tool and also a bridge. Even when working I nanofluidics, I need to use tools for microfluidics.
- How did you come to work in microfluidics ? What introduced you to it and what motivated you to explore this field ?
I had a supervisor during my time at University, and at that time I honestly didn’t know anything about microfluidics but my supervisor introduced me to a lot of relating knowledge and some simulations for me to do. I then came to the laboratory to discover a lot of microfluidic applications and I realized it is very interesting to me. My interest in Microlfuidics has driven me to dive deep in this field of research.
- Could you describe your research project in a few words ?
My working field is more on producing bubbles with microfluidics tools. I inject the bubbles to form nanochannels to form bubbles. The bubbles filling the microchannels are of nanoscale and that is an interesting point of my project.
- How did microfluidic technology help you in your research ?
From my previous answers, you can understand my answer to this question : when doing my research I need to produce bubbles and droplets, so it is obviously a necessary tool for me to do my research.
- How do you think it will influence your work in the future, your future research ?
From my personal feelings, I think it will have a very positive influence on my work in the future because I absolutely need to use it, so it became necessary to me.
- What new microfluidic instruments would you like to have to improve or accelerate your research ?
Most of the microfluidic instruments I use are already here in our laboratory. There is one thing that I need that isn’t in the lab yet : a kind of gas mixer. It can be used to combine N2 gas and CO2 gas by defined coefficients. In my previous research project I used this kind of instruments but right now it isn’t available in our laboratory, so I cannot advance due to this reason.
- What are your ambitions for the next years, your goals as a researcher for the future ?
For myself, at least for the recent years, I have a plan of being a Post Doc, then I will be trying to get a teaching and researching position at a high education University. If I work hard enough, I will get to be a professor which is my project for the future.
- What is/are the biggest obstacle(s) in your line of work ? If you have conquered them, what were the solutions ?
The biggest trouble I have is that I don’t have enough other guys that are researchers. When I just arrived in my laboratory, I didn’t have enough workmates to teach me and guide me. So at the first stage the research was a little difficult because I didn’t know what the relating parameters of the applications I need to use are. But I have a very good female workmate who helped me a lot and I also read a lot of scientific papers to overcome the difficulties.
- How did you become aware of the Microfluidic award ?
I was told by my supervisor.
- Would you recommend this contest to other researchers ?
Yes, I don’t mind sharing this contest because I think it is a very good award to encourage researchers to work in the microfluidic field.
- How did you come to know Fluigent ?
When I just had arrived into my laboratory, there already were the instruments from Fluigent in there. I also need Fluigent’s instruments fore my project so I need to know this brand.
- How did Fluigent products help you complete your work ?
One pump in our laboratory can control the gas to control the liquids so I can order them to go the place I want them to be. I can use liquid, water, to cut the gas to get bubbles. That is how it helps me in my work.
- What properties of our products did you like for your work ?
At first, its accuracy and stability because for the microfluidic applications, the first and most important factors are stability and accuracy.
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