Lab-on-a-Chip Sensors for Ocean-Faring Droids

Increased utilization of the world's oceans has made it important for industrialized countries to actively monitor marine environments. The ocean, like many aquatic environments, is presently under-sampled both spatially and temporally due to current approaches to data gathering. Expeditions are manual and labour intensive, relying on highly-qualified crews and highly-equipped ships that are essentially "labs-on-the-ocean." Instead, we want to put the "lab-on-a-chip."

This presentation is about the lab's focus on advanced microfabrication techniques for realizing in-situ chemical and biological sensors. Miniature nutrient & trace metal sensors, flow-cytometers and genetic analyzers are providing new sensing capabilities for low-cost autonomous water vehicles and distributed networks. These innovative in situ sensors are central to providing remote feedback on ocean chemistry and microbiology, allowing us to safeguard human health, advance our knowledge of physico-chemical processes, and be made aware of environmental concerns before they are harmful and costly to remediate. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
27 Parker Street, Dartmouth

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