Microfluidically Enabled Biological And Photonic Systems
The theme of my Ph.D. research is the integration of microscale fluid mechanics with two fields: biology and optics to solve problems at the interface between life and physical sciences. In detail, my graduate work revolves around the use microfluidics and focuses on creating "Rapid drug delivery devices for insect biorobots, and Optofluidic reconfigurable photonic systems". The first major thrust of my research has been in the development of a method to directly and reversibly control insect (Manduca sexta moth) flight using implanted microfluidics. The idea is to fuse a living system with a rapid drug delivery component which releases chemical stimulants on command to exert control over the level of neuromuscular activity. More recently, I established a novel hybrid control approach for the insect biorobot manipulation that simultaneously employs both electrical and chemical stimulation signals to generate integrated biorobotic systems that can perform an array of flight maneuver operations. Along with working on the insect cyborg projects, my graduate work has expanded into the field of optofluidics. I have developed a reconfigurable photonic system which allows me to take advantage of the chemical and physical adaptability of liquid state photonics with the robustness and speed available from traditional solid state photonics. Basically, by combining liquid and planar solid state components on a chip, I was able to establish a novel optical switching platform which is not only tunable and adaptive, but also fast, stable and user-friendly.
Stroock, Abraham Duncan; Garcia, Ephrahim
Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering
Doctor of Philosophy
dissertation or thesis