The Center is focused on the understanding of fluidic systems at the micro- and nano- scale.  The Center uses both microfabrication and nanotechnology to discover and develop miniaturized microfluidic instruments capable of measuring, actuating, or separating biomedical materials, molecules, and components.  The Center has projects in six related areas.

  1. Microscale particle separation systems based on field flow fractionation
  2. Continuous flow spotter
  3. Nanoscale chemical sensing systems based on optics
  4. Microscale particle detectors
  5. Microscale pumps
  6. Integrated microfluidic devices for diagnostics
  7. General microfluidics

The Center also has a strong interest in developing microfabrication and nanotechnology techniques and has developed methods for creating single material waveguides, assembling and fabricating microfluidic components, depositing ultrathin sensing layers, and packaging microfluidic systems.