Event date:
Jun 30 2021 5:00 pm

CCEW-1: Soft, Skin-Interfaced Microfluidic Systems for Capture and In Situ Biomarker Analysis of Sweat

Professor John A. Rogers
Recent advances in materials science, mechanical engineering and manufacturing techniques establish the foundations for high-performance classes of microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies that have physical properties matched those of the human skin. The resulting devices can integrate with the surface of the skin in a water-tight yet physically imperceptible fashion to provide continuous, clinical-quality biochemical information on physiological status via capture, storage and in situ analysis of sweat. This talk summarizes the key ideas and presents specific recent examples in skin-interfaced microfluidic technologies designed for applications in sports performance, worker safety, and nutritional monitoring.

The Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering has initiated a biweekly series of webinars called “Chemistry & Chemical Engineering Webinars”.

In this series, some of the world’s best minds in chemical science and engineering are invited to share their latest research. The chosen topics are either the “holy grails in chemical science” or the rapidly emerging areas at the interface of Chemistry, Engineering, Biology, Materials Science, and Physics. The series will be beneficial, especially for graduate students and early-career researchers. Join us and learn from the world’s leading scientists how the fundamental building blocks of matter—atoms and molecules—can be manipulated to benefit Earth and its inhabitants.

The first talk of this series will be delivered by Professor John A. Rogers from the Northwestern University, USA. Participants can join this LIVE session via following details: 

 Zoom meeting ID: 936 7589 6155

Passcode: 823598


About the speaker

Since September 2016, John A. Rogers is a Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery (and by courtesy Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Chemistry) at Northwestern University. He received Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry and S.M in Physics and Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Before that, Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in Chemistry and Physics from the University of Texas, Austin.

From 2003-2016, Professor Rogers holds a Swanlund Chair—the highest chaired position at the university—at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. His primary appointment was in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry, Bioengineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Professor Rogers’ research (http://rogersgroup.northwestern.edu/) seeks to understand and exploit interesting characteristics of ‘soft’ materials, such as polymers, liquid crystals, and biological tissues as well as hybrid combinations of them with unusual classes of micro/nanomaterials, in the form of ribbons, wires, membranes, tubes or related. The aim is to control and induce novel electronic and photonic responses in these materials and develop new ‘soft lithographic’ and biomimetic approaches for patterning them and guiding their growth. Current research focuses on soft materials for conformal electronics, nanophotonic structures, microfluidic devices, and microelectromechanical systems, all lately emphasizing bio-inspired and bio-integrated technologies. These efforts are highly multidisciplinary and combine expertise from nearly every traditional field of technical study.

Professor Rogers has invented over 80 patents and patent applications, more than 50 licensed or in active use by large companies and startups. Professor Rogers has named several distinguished lectureships and awards to his credit.