Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Developments in the field of microfluidics and nanofluidics allow an experimenter to employ new analytical techniques. One direction in which the field is moving towards is developing new devices and or instruments on the smallest scale possible. One way in which this can be achieved is by using a combination of top-down and bottom-up technologies. Some of these top-down techniques have been used in other fields such as the use of photolithography to fabricate semiconductors. Photolithography is a top-down method used to create features normally on the micrometer scale, but in order to create nanometer size features another top-down method scanning beam lithography is usually employed. Bottom-up technologies take advantage of a material and or chemical’s intrinsic properties, for example molecular self-assembly of thiolalkanes on gold surfaces. Creating features using bottom-up techniques allows features to be made based on the material properties. Self-assembly of nanoparticles can create features on the nanoscale based on the size of the particle. As the next generation of new materials can be used in order to engineer new device.
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Vincent, Michael David, "Microfluidic and Nanofluidic Devices - Mixed Scale Systems For Bioanalytical Applications" (2014). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 3094.