In this talk I will describe how microfluidic technologies and various fields (light, temperature and flow) can be used to synthesize new functional soft matter materials.
I will begin by introducing Flow Lithography- a new way of interfacing lithography and microfluidics to optically stamp complex and functional microparticles. This technique takes advantage of the unique ability to finely structure flows and chemical gradients in microfluidic devices. The process allows one to create particles with complex non-spherical shapes, chemical patterns, and loaded cargo.
After describing the fundamental aspects of the process, I will describe applications of the complex particles ranging from multi-plexed bioassays to anti-counterfeiting to drug delivery.