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Thursday 10 May 2018Localised functionalisation of glass and plastic microfluidic devices

Dr Rui R. Carvalho - Surfix BV Nanocoatings, Wageningen, The Netherlands

H170 14:30-15:30

NEST Seminar, May 10, 2:30pm, H170, Dr Rui R. Carvalho, Localised functionalisation of glass and plastic microfluidics devices

Dr Rui R. Carvalho

Research Scientist, Surfix BV Nanocoatings, Wageningen, The Netherlands


The ability to locally functionalize the surface of silicon-based materials and plastics allows for myriad biomedical and chemical applications. With the advent of plastic-based microdevices and flexible electronics, the ability to quickly and selectively modify plastics under mild conditions is of paramount importance for both industry and academia. Our current technology allows for multiple discrete areas of hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity with the possibility of bio-chemical click-chemistry.

This presentation will focus, from an academic-industrial perspective, on the progress of the selective modification of glass and plastic surfaces developed at Wageningen University, Micronit Microtechnologies and Surfix BV.

Short Biography

Rui Rijo Carvalho completed his MSc in Chemistry in Lisbon’s Superior Technical Institute (IST-UTL) in 2010, while concomitantly being a Research Fellow at Pombeiro’s Inorganic Chemistry Lab. In 2011, he moved to the Netherlands as an MSC FP7 Academic-Industrial Fellow for Micronit Microtechnologies. In 2015, he started his PhD thesis at Zuilhof’s Surface/Organic Chemistry Lab at Wageningen University (WUR). This very productive academic-industrial collaboration yielded 7 papers and 2 PCT patents. Late 2016 he completed his PhD thesis in “Local modification and laser-welding production of functionalized microfluidic chips”. In 2017, he joined Surfix where he still collaborates with WUR and Micronit. There he has developed new surface functionalization approaches for a plurality of substrates (from ceramics to plastics) yielding 2 PCT patents.

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