Contact UsJames D. Sterling
535 Watson Drive
Claremont, CA 91711 Phone: (909) 607-9253
Email: jim_sterling[at symbol]kgi.edu
Microfluidics Research Lab Facilities
The microfluidics laboratory consists of around 700 sq-ft of space with sinks, benches and necessary equipment for the purpose of prototyping and analyzing microfluidic devices. A soft-walled clean room and a laminar flow cabinet serve as the environment for photolithography and wet-etching of microchip fabrication. Various electrical instruments serve as power sources and signal-controlling instruments for electrowetting and electrophoresis experiments. These three instruments are computer-controlled through both GPIB and RS-232 using LabView. Other equipment includes computer-interfaceable oscilliscopes a 2MHz sweep function generator, and several cameras including high-speed video cameras and frame-grabbers that are used for flow visualization. Static contact angles between liquids and solids can be measured using a contact angle goniometer and ellipsometry is used for thin-film characterization.
Across the hall from the microfluidics lab is our Bioengineering Core Laboratory that is available for use by all students and researchers at KGI. Occupying 1866 sq. ft., the Bioengineering Core Lab is organized into thematic experimental stations, each representing a different bioengineering-related technique. One end of the lab is devoted to surface characterization/imaging including atomic force microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy and fluorescence and optical micrcoscopy, while other capabilities of the lab include materials characterization, flow cytometry, liquid chromatography, and fluorescence spectroscopy. The machine shop includes a milling machine and lathe controlled by a PC running SolidWorks CAD software and VisualMill 4.0CAM software as well as laser cutting systems including Spectra Physik EMG 102 90Watt excimer laser capable of using ArF(193nm), KrF(248nm), XeCl(308nm) or XeF(351nm) integrated with laser cutting optics.