This WG deals with the study of methodological approaches for the assembling of micro and nanostructured materials and devices.
The microfluidics and optofluidics will be used to create hybrid solid-fluid materials and systems and the optofluidic design principles will be explored for detecting, diffractingand collecting light.
The scientific workplan for WG3 activities will include:
- Integrated micro-optics and soft matter: lenses arrays, diffractive elements, adaptive optical elements, microresonators (i.e., microdroplets on a superhydrophobic surface or emulsion microdroplets in microfluidic channels can be used as microresonators integrated with other components in future optofluidics chips).
- Novel ways to manipulate matter with optical fields: micro and nano fabrication with structured light for microfluidics (i.e., micropatterning and templating by means optical and nonlinear optical processes).
- Microfluidics for materials science: structured materials, nanomaterials (i.e., microfluidic approaches for assembling of colloidal particles, microfluidics chemical reactors,discriminator systems; etc).
- Optofluidics with liquid crystals and unconventional fluids: high birefringence of liquid crystal mesophases and their high sensitivity to external fields (optical, electrical, magnetic,thermal, hydrodynamical, chemical) will be exploited to develop sensitive sensing devices
(chemical and bio-recognition), tunable microphotonic passive and active devices, long-range order assisted assembling of materials.
- Novel approaches for integrated multifunctional lab-on-a-chip systems for biomedical and sensor applications.
This WG will contribute to all objectives mentioned in part C which are related to its research topics.
Main expected achievements: Novel materials for microfluidic chips and applications, novel materials for reconfigurable and tunable optofluidic devices addressed to develop multifunctional lab on a chip systems. Microfluidic and optofluidic technologies for soft materials structuring and assembling.