Mechanical Engineering

Carl Meinhart


Professor Meinhart's research group investigates fundamental fluid mechanics problems at the micro-scale and nano-scale, with special emphasis on transport issues in MEMS-based sensors for detection of specific biological molecules. The BioMEMS research is highly interdisciplinary and involves the development of InP-based integrated lasers that are flip-chip bonded to Si-based microfluidic flow channels, and the use of dielectrophoresis to enhance binding reactions near a laser sensor. This project involves collaborations with Prof. Larry Coldren's group in ECE for developing integrated lasers, and with Prof. Kimberley Turner's group in MEE for microfabrication of the flow structures .The group also works closely with ThauMDx, a local biotechnology company in Santa Barbara.


Microfluidics Lab, Principle Investigator
Greenscale Center for Energy-Efficient Computing, Member
Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies, Member


From 1995 to 1996, while at Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn, MI, he developed and used 3-D Stereo PIV methods to investigate flow in engine cylinders. Since coming to UCSB in 1996, his research has focused on developing and applying PIV to study transport phenomena in microfluidic devices. His research group is involved in the development and analysis of BioMEMS for immunoassays and molecular diagnostics.


2011 APS Fellow
1998 NSF CAREER Award


PhD: University of Illinois (1995)

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