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 microfluidics targeting cost-effective, quick, and easy assessment of the environment, agriculture, and human health. Get involved in this world-class, leading-edge NSF I/UCRC! Join our organization and realize key benefits.

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Left: Dr. Ian Papautsky (CADMIM Center Co-Director and University of Illinois at Chicago Site Leader).
Right: Dr. Abraham Lee (CADMIM Center Director and University of California, Irvine Site Leader)


“Our CADMIM membership is pivotal in building a network with world leading experts in microfluidics. CADMIM enabled us to conduct research projects at the transition from basic research to industrial application expanding our capabilities far beyond internal expertise. Combined with the focus on manufacturability the center offers a unique set of expertise and opportunities.”
– Dr. Frank Narz, Director R&D Scientific Applications, QIAGEN GmbH

“CADMIM offers a unique blend of university research from leading researchers in the field supported by leading providers of microfluidic manufacture and development. For the industrial members of CADMIM, who are interested in new product opportunities, this means novel IP is quickly reduced to practice for real world applications.”
– Dr. Leanna Levine, Founder, President and CEO, ALine, Inc.

“With tight research budgets, CADMIM offers an opportunity to leverage industrial investments. We’ve been able to guide world-class research in microfluidics toward challenges in technology development that are barriers to transition. Working in partnership with other members of the industrial advisory board has also brought valuable insight to our programs.”
– Dr. Laura Rea, Program Manager, Soft Matter Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory


Save the Date! Next CADMIM IAB Meeting Feb. 14 – 15, 2018
The next CADMIM Industrial Advisory Board meeting will be held February 14 – 15, 2018 at the University of California, Irvine. This will be a project selection meeting. Agenda and travel information forthcoming. Please save the date!

Jason Heikenfeld Receives Technology Commercialization Award for Biosensor
Dr. Jason Heikenfeld, CADMIM Faculty member and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems at U. Cincinnati, has been honored with the second-annual Technology Commercialization Award from the Ohio Faculty Council for his biosensor that stimulates sweat even while a patient is cool and resting. This sensor was recently published in the August 2017 issue of Lab on a Chip (Inside Cover Article). This work was partially funded by CADMIM. Congratulations Jason!
For more information see: http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=25645
For a related article that appeared in the UC Magazine August 3, 2017: http://magazine.uc.edu/editors_picks/recent_features/Sweat.html

The sensor, about the size of a Band-Aid, uses a low electric current and carbachol gel to stimulate sweat under it. Click photo to enlarge.

Ian Papautsky Receives Endowed Named Professorship
Congratulations to Dr. Ian Papautsky, CADMIM Co-Director and Professor in Bioengineering at UIC. On September 18, 2017 Ian was honored at an investiture ceremony as the recipient of the Richard and Loan Hill Professorship in Bioengineering. Richard Hill and his wife, Loan, are major supporters of the UIC Colleges of Engineering and Medicine. Richard Hill is the former CEO of Novellus Systems, one of the top 10 semiconductor equipment manufacturers in the world. Congratulations to Ian on this prestigious award!

Photos from Ian’s investiture ceremony. (Left) From Left to Right: Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Dr. Robert Barish, Dr. Ian Papautsky, Dean of Engineering Dr. Peter Nelson, and Dean of Medicine Dr. Dimitri Azar. (Right) Two prominent faculty from the University of Cincinnati were also present to honor Ian at the ceremony: Dr. Bill Heineman, world renowned chemist and one of Ian’s mentors, and Dr. Chong Ahn, CADMIM faculty member and microfluidics pioneer. Click photos to enlarge.

Our First CADMIM IAB meeting at UIC
The Fall Industrial Advisory Board meeting was held at the University of Illinois Chicago September 12 – 13, 2017. Great seeing everyone in the windy city! Students and post-docs updated everyone on project progress, and we welcomed UIC faculty and students to the center. We look forward to spending more time in Chicago in the years to come! See photos from this event here: http://www.inrf.uci.edu/cadmim/about-cadmim/photos/

Many thanks to UIC for hosting a great IAB meeting! Click photo to enlarge.

We welcome GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to the center as a new IAB member! GSK is a science-led global healthcare company that that operates three global businesses that research, develop and manufacture innovative pharmaceutical medicines, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products. GSK’s Pharmaceutical business has a broad portfolio of innovative and established medicines, and is currently focused on developing new medicines in respiratory and HIV/infectious diseases, oncology and immuno-inflammation; with discovery research exploring these and other areas. GSK’s Vaccines business has a broad portfolio and innovative pipeline of vaccines to protect people of all ages and delivers over two million vaccine doses per day to people living in over 160 countries. GSK’s Consumer Healthcare business develops and markets consumer preferred and expert recommended brands in the Oral Health, Pain Relief, Respiratory, Nutrition/Gastro-intestinal and Skin Health categories. For more information please visit their website: www.gsk.com

Jered Haun & Elliot Hui Receive Chan Zuckerberg Grant
CADMIM Faculty members at UCI, Jered Haun (PI) ad Elliot Hui (Co-PI), have received a $240K, 1-year grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to develop multiple microfluidic components for dissociating human tissues into single cell suspensions. This grant, which commenced September 1, 2017, is entitled “Microfluidic platform for rapid and efficient isolation of single cells from tissue,” stems from previous CADMIM-funded work. Congratulations to Jered and Elliot!


MicroTAS 2017 in Savannah, Georgia October 22- 26, 2017
This year’s 21st International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (MicroTAS 2017) will be held October 22- 26, 2017 in Savannah, Georgia. MicroTAS is the premier forum for reporting research results in microfluidics, microfabrication, nanotechnology, integration, materials and surfaces, analysis and synthesis, and detection technologies for life science and chemistry. See conference website for complete information: http://www.microtas2017.org/

CADMIM research groups will present 15 papers (3 featuring work funded by the center). CADMIM faculty and staff have also taken a central role in the planning of this conference:

  • Abe Lee (CADMIM Center Director) is Co-Chairing MicroTAS 2017 along with Dr. Don DeVoe (University of Maryland).
  • Ian Papautsky (CADMIM Center Co-Director) is Chair of the pre-conference Sunday Workshop (both full and half day workshops).
  • Gisela Lin (CADMIM Deputy Director) is a member of the Exhibit & Sponsorship Committee.
  • David Eddington (CADMIM Faculty member, UIC) is Chair of the Connections Committee
  • Elliot Hui (CADMIM Faculty Member, UCI) is a member of the Connections Committee.
  • Michelle Khine (CADMIM Faculty Member, UCI) is the Chair of the Shark Tank Committee (first time event at this conference!)

The exhibition hall is nearly filled with prominent companies, including IAB member ALine Inc. For a complete list of exhibitors: http://www.microtas2017.org/exhibit/booth.html.

Michelle Digman Earns Moore Foundation Grant
Michelle Digman, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at UCI and CADMIM faculty member, has been selected for a $56K Scialog Fellow grant from the Research Corporation for Scientific Advancement and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Michelle is one of 51 Scialog Fellows — outstanding early to mid-career researchers from U.S. academic institutions – who are part of an initiative to develop innovative ideas through research, dialog and collaboration. Congratulations Michelle! For more information: http://engineering.uci.edu/news/2017/9/digman-earns-moore-foundation-grant

CADMIM Receives 2 REU Supplements
Both sites of CADMIM (University of California Irvine and University of Illinois at Chicago) each received an $8000 supplement from NSF to support undergraduate students at CADMIM. The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at NSF provides funds for undergraduates to participate in NSF research activities. UC Irvine’s recipient is Mr. Andrew Duncan, Physical Sciences Department, who will be working on CADMIM project “Y4-005: The Ultimate Sample Preparation for Whole Blood” in Dr. Abe Lee’s lab. UIC’s recipient is Ms. Dominique Stewart, Bioengineering Department, who will be working on “Elastomeric Pneumatic Positive and Vacuum Pressure Oscillator Without Electronics” in Dr. David Eddington’s lab. Both students participated in the CADMIM IAB meeting in Chicago. Congratulations to both!

(Left) Andrew Duncan, presenting a poster with graduate student Neha Garg, discusses the project with Genentech IAB member, Tim Dawes. (Right) Dominique Stewart discusses research with faculty advisor, Dr. David Eddington, and graduate student Theodore Christoforidis. Click on photos to enlage.