Small scale hydrodynamics: microfluidics and thin films (10w5035)


(Imperial College London)

G. M. (Bud) Homsy (University of California Santa Barbara)

Demetrios Papageorgiou (Imperial College London)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Small scale hydrodynamics: microfluidics and thin films" workshop from February 7th to February 12th, 2010.

A revolution is underway in how fluid
mechanical devices can be miniaturized.
Just as shrinking the scale of computers has led
to complete changes in lifestyles, working practices and global
economies within a human generation, similar developments are
occurring in the realm of small scale devices that involve the flow
of one or more fluids. Many of these developments are driven by
applications in medical, biochemical, bioanalytical, nanoliter scale chemical
reaction engineering and in microfluidic ``lab-on-a-chip" devices.

These rapid and recent developments require advances in theory,
and in mathematical modeling, that lead to improved predictions and to further physical understanding. This interdisciplinary workshop will
bring together scientists from diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in microfluidics and thin fluid films.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologí­a (CONACYT).