Fri, 10 Aug 2018

Dr. Say Hwa Tan

Griffith University

Active Manipulations and Control in Droplet-Based Microfluidics

Friday, August 10, 2018
SSB 7172 @ 1:30 p.m.

Host: Dr. Paul Li


Droplet-based microfluidics is an interdisciplinary research field that intertwines various disciplines and branches of sciences. This field spans across areas that involves physics, chemistry, biology to engineering branches such as material, environmental, biomedical and computer science. One of the important aspect in droplet-based microfluidics is the ability to control and manipulate discrete droplets. This is because the individual droplets serve as microreactors for various chemical and biological processes. In this talk, I will first present my past works which demonstrates different approaches to manipulate and control droplets. These works includes the microfluidic jukebox, dancing droplets in microchannels and the use of negative pressure to generate droplet on demand. In the second half of the talk, I will present my works on the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) into droplet-based microfluidics. The use of AI allows automated and autonomous processing, analysis and handling of droplets at the microscale. This impeccable marriage between the two fields brings about an exciting paradigm shift in both technological capabilities and approaches. In the last part of the talk, I will present my on-going work on a new on-demand droplet splitting concept. This exciting new work allows droplets to navigate through pillars which may be used for various liquid encoding processes.  


pico-liter droplets, microchannels, artificial intelligence, automation, microreactors, fluidic encoding, real-time imaging


Dr. Say Hwa Tan

Queensland Micro Nanotechnology Centre

Griffith University, Australia



Dr Say Hwa Tan is an Australian Research Council (ARC) DECRA Fellow at Queensland Micro-and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University. He received his BEng, MEng and PhD degrees from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Georg-August-Universität Göttingen and Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPI-DS), Germany, in 2008, 2011 and 2014, respectively. Dr Tan has published more than 40 research works with 6 of his articles selected as either the front or back cover feature. His current H-index is 18 with a citation count of more than 1000. Dr Tan has also received several national and international awards for his scientific works. These includes the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2017, Lab on Chip Emerging Investigator in 2016, Griffith University Post-doctoral Fellowship in 2015, Tan Kah Kee Young Inventor Award in 2014 and Tan Kah Kee Post-Graduate Award in 2012.