Solid-State and Nanotechnology
Optofluidic lasers and their potential applications in bio/chemical analysis
The optofluidic laser synergizes photonics and microfluidics, and has emerged as a new field with possible applications in both photonics and biology. In this talk, I will first discuss the principle of the optofluidic laser and then highlight its unique characteristics for potential applications in bio/chemical analysis.
Dr. Fan obtained B.S. and M.S. from Peking University in 1991 and 1994, respectively, and Ph.D. in physics and optics from Oregon Center for Optics at the University of Oregon in 2001. Between 2000 and 2004, he was a project leader at 3M Company on fiber optics and photonic sensing devices for biomedical applications. In August of 2004, he joined the Department of Biological Engineering at the University of Missouri as an assistant professor. In January of 2010, he joined the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan as an associate professor.
Dr. Fan's research includes photonic bio/chemical sensors, micro/nano-fluidics, and nano-photonics for disease diagnostics and bio/chemical molecule analysis. He has about 90 peer-reviewed publications and 16 issued/pending patents. Presently, Dr. Fan serves as Associate Editor for Optics Express, responsible for optical biological and chemical sensors and optofluidics, and as a chair and organizer of numerous conferences for OSA, SPIE, and MRS. He is a recipient of 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award (2004, 2005, and 2006), American Chemical Society Young Faculty Award, the Wallace H. Coulter Early Career Award (Phase I and Phase II), and the National Science Foundation CAREER Award. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, private foundations, and industrial companies.