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  January 2019
  • Ph.D DEFENSE: Congratulations to Dr. Domin Koh (PhD, EE, UB, 2019; BS, EE, UB, 2013). He has succeefully defended his Ph.D. thesis dissertation on 01/14/2019. 
  • CONFERENCE CHAIR: "Micro & Bio Fluidics, Lab-on-Chip" at NanoTech 2019, Boston, June 16-19, 2019.

    Micro & Bio Fluidics, Lab-on-Chip

    Micro & Bio Fluidics, Lab-on-Chip

    Abstracts due: January 25

    Symposium Chair

    Kwang W. OhKwang W. Oh
    University at Buffalo (SUNY)


    Micro-, and bio-fluidics are highly interdisciplinary fields that involve the study and control of transport processes and related physical and chemical phenomena, typically across multiple length and time scales and also within the human body and biological tissue down to the subcellular level. These fields are advancing rapidly and applications are proliferating, especially in the life sciences and biotechnology. The applications of these fields are broad and encompass a diverse range of areas that include micro total analysis systems (MicroTAS), lab-on-a-chip (LOC) technology, point-of-care (POC) clinical diagnostics, organs-on-chip, drug discovery and delivery, on-chip sensors, high-throughput systems, methods for computational fluid dynamics, nanofluids and many others. The aim of this symposium is to provide a forum to discuss fundamental phenomena and advances in these fields, associated technologies and current and emerging commercial applications.


    • Mehmet Toner: Harvard Medical School & Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Rohit Karnik: MIT
    • Thomas Tundat: University at Buffalo (SUNY)
    • Junhong Min: Chung-Ang University, South Korea
    • Leslie Yeo: RMIT University, Australia
  November 2018
    • Anyang Wang, Domin Koh, Phil Schneider and Kwang W. Oh, "A compact syringe-assisted vacuum-driven micropumping with a constant flow rate," Proceedings of MicroTAS 2018, 11-15 November, 2018, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
    • Philip J. Schneider, Liam Christie, Anyang Wang, Domin Koh, and Kwang W. Oh, "Technology innovations in 3-D wax based microfluidic device fabrication," Proceedings of MicroTAS 2018,11-15 November, 2018, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


  September 2018
  • PAPER PUBLICATION: Kangsun Lee,* Choong Kim and Kwang W. Oh, "Single-Layered Microfluidic Network Based Combinatorial Dilution for Standard Simplex Lattice Design," Micromachines 2018, 9(10), 489; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi9100489 (IF: 2.222) [Link]

  • PAPER PUBLICATION: Yuehang Wang, Rachel Su Ann Lim, Huijuan Zhang, Nikhila Nyayapathi, Kwang W. Oh & Jun Xia*, "Optimizing the light delivery of linear-array-based photoacoustic systems by double acoustic reflector," Scientific Reports, volume 8, Article number: 13004 (2018) (IF: 4.122) ; [Link]
  • Prof. Oh's Fall 2018 Course(s): EE 428/528 BioMEMS and Lab-on-a-chip [Link]
  • Prof. Oh/SMALL has been featured in Buffalo Engineer Magazine 2018 [Link] [PDF]:


    researcher holds up hardware

    Kwang Oh is the director of the Sensors and MicroActuators Learning Lab, known as SMALL, which focuses on biomedical microfluidic devices, sensors and actuators.

  July 2018
  • Ph.D Defense: Congratulations to Dr. Philip Schneider (PhD, EE, UB, 2018; MS, EE, UB, 2016; BS, EE, UB, 2014). He has succeefully defended his Ph.D. thesis dissertation on 07/09/2018. He is now with ACV Auctiond.
  • Accepted Abstracts:  Two abstracts have been selected for presentation in MicroTAS 2018, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


  June 2018
  • PAPER PUBLICATION: Bendong Liu*, Baohua Tian, Xu Yang, Mohan Li, Jiahui Yang, Desheng Li, and Kwang W. Oh, "Manipulation of micro-objects using acoustically oscillating bubbles based on the gas permeability of PDMS," Biomicrofluidics 12, 034111 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5028419 (IF: 2.535) [Link]

  • PAPER PUBLICATION: Yuehang Wang, Zhengxiong Li, Tri Vu, Nikhila Nyayapathi, Kwang W. Oh, Wenyao Xu and Jun Xia*, "A Robust and Secure Palm Vessel Biometric Sensing System based on Photoacoustics," IEEE Sensors Journal, DOI 10.1109/JSEN.2018.2843119, 2018 (IF: 2.512) [Link].


  May 2018


  February 2018


  • Kwang W. Oh, PhD, leads a team of researchers that is bringing the concept of “lab on a chip” closer to reality.

    Researchers Help Bring Us Closer to Coin-Sized Medical Labs

    Published February 6, 2018

    A team of researchers led by Kwang W. Oh, PhD, associate professor of biomedical engineering and electrical engineering, has fabricated a chip that uses two different types of force — capillary- and vacuum-driven — to manipulate how fluids travel in micro- and nano-sized channels.

    “The chip could become the basis for faster, more efficient and reliable lab on a chip devices. It puts us closer to using such devices where medical labs are lacking, such as the developing world, battlefields and even our homes.”
    Associate professor of biomedical engineering and electrical engineering

    Medical Lab Could Fit on Chip the Size of Small Coin

    The idea — shrinking a medical lab onto a chip the size of a small coin — is known as “lab on a chip.” Using a hand-held device, a practitioner would be able to draw blood from a patient, and seconds later the device would provide in-depth medical information about the patient.

    It may sound like something from science fiction, but it’s coming closer to reality. Obstacles still remain; among them is finding an efficient and reliable way to mix and move blood and other fluids through the chip’s tiny valves and pumps.

    A new study, appearing on the cover of the Jan. 21 edition of the journal Lab on a Chip— which is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry — moves the scientific community closer to solving the problem.

    Device Could Be Used on Battlefields, in the Home

    The advancement solves a vexing issue, the researchers say, because in such devices, when blood is mixed with a reagent to produce a biological and/or chemical reaction, the pressure difference between the two fluids often causes them to flow backward instead of into the desired channel.

    “It’s kind of like plumbing; we’re moving fluids around and dealing with different pressures and flows. Only we’re doing it on a microchip, as opposed to a house,” said Oh, the study’s lead author. “The chip could become the basis for faster, more efficient and reliable lab on a chip devices. It puts us closer to using such devices where medical labs are lacking, such as the developing world, battlefields and even our homes.”

    Chip Requires No External Sources of Power

    In a series of experiments, the research team showed how its chip was able to accurately decipher the eight blood types based upon the time it takes for different blood types to flow through the chip. For example, when mixed with a certain antibody, Type A blood will thicken and flow slower.

    Oh says the device could be used for other biological and chemical assays. What’s more, the new chip requires no sensors or external sources of power. That’s key for medical device manufacturers, which are searching for ways to inexpensively produce disposable lab on a chip products.

    His four co-authors are also associated with UB. Anyang Wang, Domin Koh and Philip J. Schneider are doctoral candidates in electrical engineering, while Yaguang Zhai earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering in 2017.

    The research was partially supported by grants from the National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program and Qualcomm Incorporated.

    [Original News Article from UB Medical School]


  January 2018

    Advancement in ‘microchip plumbing’ could aid developing countries, soldiers and chronic disease sufferers.

  • CONFERENCE CHAIR: Prof. Oh will serve "The US-KOREA Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (UKC) 2018, August 1-4, 2018, St. John’s University, Queens, New York, NY, USA", as a sumposium cochair on Digital Technologies / Artificial Intelligence Symposiums: Electrical, Electronics and Communications (EEC) session. [Link]

  • PAPER PUBLICATION/COVER PAGE: Yaguang Zhai, Anyang Wang, Domin Koh, Philip Schneider and Kwang W. Oh*, "A robust, portable and backflow-free micromixing device based on both capillary- and vacuum-driven flows," Lab Chip, 2018, 18, 276-284; DOI: 10.1039/C7LC01077J (IF: 6.045). [Link]



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