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Dynamic Droplets

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:45 to 14:00
Dr. Timothy Swager
Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Event Category: 
LMC - Lectures in Modern Chemistry
Chemistry B250

Abstract: This lecture will focus on the design of systems wherein reconfiguration of complex liquid emulsions (droplets) can be triggered chemically or biochemically.  The utility of these methods is to generate new transduction mechanisms by which chemical and biological sensors can be developed.  Complex liquid droplets behave as optical lens systems and small changes in surface tensions can change focal lengths or cause systems to switch between optically transmissive or scattering states.  Central to this scheme is that the fluids in the droplets have different densities and hence are aligned by the earth’s gravity.  The induced optical changes can be triggered with chemical, photochemical, or biochemical stimuli and thereby create new generations of sensors.  Demonstrations of these methods for the detection of enzyme concentrations and pathogens will be presented.