MACES, BEST and the physics group present "The Magic of Microfluidics: Dripping, Jetting, Drops and Wetting," by guest speaker Professor David Weitz from Harvard University.
The talk is open to all and takes place at 10:30 a.m. Jan 27 in COB 267.
Weitz will discuss the use of microfluidic devices to precisely control the flow and mixing of fluids to make drops, and will explore a variety of uses of these drops, including creating new materials that are difficult to synthesize through any other method.
These materials exhibit fascinating physical properties and have great potential for practical uses. He will also show how the exquisite control afforded by microfluidic devices provides enabling technology to use droplets as microreactors to perform reactions at remarkably high rates using very small quantities of fluids. This allows them to be used to explore fundamental properties of systems biology.
He will also briefly talk about a very popular general education science course he created called “Science and Cooking." See a video about it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_ylkNnnAOI.
Weitz earned his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard, and worked for Exxon Research and Engineering Company for nearly 18 years. He became a physics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and moved back to Harvard to teach physics and applied physics.
He leads a large and active group studying soft-matter science with a focus on materials science, biophysics and microfluidics.
Several startup companies have come from his lab to use some of the technologies developed in his research.
Weitz is also the director of Harvard’s National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. He is the co-director of the BASF Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard, co-director of the Harvard Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology.
He is best known for his work in the areas of diffusing-wave spectroscopy, microrheology, microfluidics, rheology, fluid mechanics, interface and colloid science, colloid chemistry, biophysics, complex fluids, soft condensed matter physics, the study of glass and amorphous solids, self-assembly and diffusion-limited aggregation.