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Hands-on Teaching Module: Fabrication of Cost-Effective Microfluidic Chips

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2022 Spring ASEE Middle Atlantic Section Conference


Newark, New Jersey

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April 22, 2022

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April 22, 2022

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April 23, 2022

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Amir K. Miri NJIT

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The presenter is Elvan Dogan. She received her M.Sc. degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial design from Izmir Institute of Technology, Izmir, Turkey, in 2017 and 2019. She worked in the defense industry for 5 years and during her M.Sc. study. In 2015, she received a grant from TUBITAK and founded a startup company in Teknopark Izmir, Turkey. She is currently a Ph.D. student and research assistant in Biomedical Engineering at NJIT. The focus of her research interests includes bioprinting and organ-on-chips.

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Roshni A Shukla

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The proposed hands-on activity is about development of a teaching module for Microfluidics and Biotransport courses. Microfluidics techniques have a multi- and interdisciplinary nature (i.e., combined chemistry, physics, engineering, and biology), which offers exciting potentials for enhanced educational activities. It is also an ideal tool to enthuse and educate minorities and under-represented groups about the interdisciplinary aspects of modern technologies, including engineering, chemistry, and biomedical sciences. Exposing students to microfluidics will help prepare the next generation of engineers who will use this technology to solve challenges in healthcare, biology, and the environment. Interdisciplinary and inquiry-based teaching is important to prepare students for the world beyond the classroom, as the world is inherently interdisciplinary, which thus has the potential to provide an opportunity for authentic learning experiences. This hands-on activity introduces students to a simple fabrication approach, and it deals with the selection of materials, geometries, assembly strategy and other considerations. A simple method of creating polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) molds will be made by cutting acrylic sheets using an academic laser ablation process. The preparation of molds is a key part of the module and then students will learn how to prepare PDMS devices. Some examples of the proposed concept are shown in Fig. 1.

Miri, A. K., & Shukla, R. A. (2022, April), Hands-on Teaching Module: Fabrication of Cost-Effective Microfluidic Chips Paper presented at 2022 Spring ASEE Middle Atlantic Section Conference, Newark, New Jersey.

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