Thank you for visiting the Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM). We are a National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). Our mission is to develop design tools and manufacturing technologies for integrated microfludics targeting cost-effective, quick, and easy assessment of the environment, agriculture, and human health. Get involved in this world-class, cutting-edge NSF I/UCRC! Join our organization and reap the many benefits.

For a 1-page summary of the CADMIM mission and vision, download the following document: CADMIM_Mission_Vision_statement

Brochure about NSF I/UCRCs: NSF I/UCRC Program.

Download a brochure about CADMIM here (front side shown below): CADMIM brochure



CADMIM Now on LinkedIn
The Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics is now on LinkedIn. Feel free to check us out on this business-oriented social networking service!


Elliot Hui Gets Tenure!
Dr. Elliot Hui, member of CADMIM faculty and UCI Biomedical Engineering Dept., was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr. Hui has been pursuing research mainly in the areas of spatial cell biology and global health diagnostics. His microfluidic digital logic circuit work has received much attention, and has been co-funded by CADMIM, NSF, and the MF3 center. Congratulations Elliot! Please visit Dr. Hui’s research website for more information: http://hui.bme.uci.edu/


Andrew Steckl and Michelle Khine  Receive NSF grants
Congratulations to Andrew Steckl and Michelle Khine, CADMIM Faculty members, on receiving NSF grants:

  • “Developing and Engineering Prototype for Ultra-Low-Cost Blood Coagulation Diagnostics Using Paper-based Microfluidics,” PI = Andrew Steckl, Co-PIs – G. M. Pauletti, M. Hegener. Program = NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research – Technology Translation (PFI:AIR-TT) . This project focuses on translating capillary-based paper microfluidics to fill the need for ultra-low-cost blood coagulation diagnostics.This project addresses technology gaps in using blood samples with paper-based lateral flow assays (LFA) as it translates from research discovery toward commercial application. Meridian Bioscience Inc. will provide guidance with overall prototype engineering, evaluation of product costs, regulatory requirements. Specific assistance with the design and optimization of the LFA unit will be provided by Diagnostic Consulting Network Inc.
  • “MicroSURF (Micro Superhydrophobic Ultra Rapid Fluidics) for Enhanced Diagnostics,” PI = Michelle Khine, Co-PI = Abraham Lee. Program = Fundamental Research Program (FRP). This project focuses on systematic design (using both computational and experimental approaches) and optimizing both superhydrophobic surfaces and microfluidic designs to best leverage superhydropobic surface enhancements for key microfluidic functionalities. Industrial partners on this grant are IAB members ALine Inc, and VTT Technical Research Center in Finland.

Wearable sensors featured in UC News and IEEE Spectrum
The research of Jason Heikenfeld’s group has been featured in the online issue of IEEE Spectrum. The article highlighting Univ. of Cincinnati research reveals how sweat and microfluidics can pinpoint and help dodge potential health issues for everyone from athletes to preemies. IEEE Spectrum is the flagship magazine of the IEEE. With more than 400,000 members, the IEEE is the world’s largest professional organization devoted to engineering and the applied sciences. This article also appears on the University of Cincinnati’s news website. Check the weblinks below.
IEEE Spectrum article:
IEEE Spectrum article
U Cincinnati news: UC News

Jason_exploded Multi-layer wearable sensor under development detects analytes in sweat. Click to enlarge.

Microfluidics and CADMIM Featured in UCI Dean’s Report
The Dean’s Report is an annual publication that highlights the advances and achievements at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine. This year’s report featured a microfluidic device from Abe Lee’s lab on the cover, coupled with an augmented reality (AR) experience on the back cover – readers download a free app for smartphone or tablet, and when pointed at the picture on the back cover, a narrated 3D animation of the microfluidic device in action is launched. The text article in the report details our collaborative efforts to manufacture labs-on-a-chip through CADMIM and an international partnership with CADMIM IAB member VTT Technical Research Center in Finland, Ltd. Check out the report and article on page 37: UCI Dean’s Report 2014 (15MB)

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[Left] Dean’s Report cover featuring lab-on-a-chip with droplet splitting and multiplexing.
[Right] Title page of the article with close-up of the microfluidic device.

News articles about CADMIM
Since the official center launch in April 2014, CADMIM has gained exposure through several news articles:
(1) University of California, Irvine, School of Engineering News:
UCI Engineering News
(2) University of Cincinnati News: U. Cincinnati News
(3) Lab on a Chip announcement: Lab-on-a-Chip News. PDF version here:
Lab-on-a-Chip News (PDF)