Igor Aronson

Characterization of non- Newtonian suspensions of deformable particles in microfluidic channels

The research will be focused on the rheological properties of  non-Newtonian fluids with deformable colloidal particles in microfluidic channels. The channel dimensions and geometry will be similar to micro capillaries in cardio-vascular systems. The research will include fabrication of the microchannels in the clean-room facility at the MCS, preparation of the suspension, and flow characterization using high-resolution fluorescent microscopy. The purpose of the research is understanding how the microscopic particles will affect mechanical properties of the non-Newtonian fluid, such as water-soluble liquid crystals  or mucus. Various types of particles will be explored, from synthetic bi-metallic rods to swimming bacteria.

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The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

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