R&D Profile: Automated Microfluidic Platforms for Nanoparticle Preparation: A. Guenther
By utilizing the unique behavior of fluids in integrated microfluidic platforms, Dr. Guentherâ€™s research group creates micro and nanostructured materials.
Axel Guenther joined the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto in 2006 as an assistant professor, and is cross-appointed at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering. Mr. Guenther obtained his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich and conducted postdoctoral research with Klavs F. Jensen and Martin A. Schmidt at MIT.
His group is interested in linking the unique behavior of fluids in micro and nanoscale confinements with the design, fabrication and characterization of integrated microfluidic platforms. Such systems promise new ways for solution-based nanomaterial synthesis and manufacturing, and for the assembly of bulk materials with a regular three-dimensional microstructure.
By utilizing the unique behavior of fluids in integrated microfluidic platforms, Dr. Guentherâ€™s research group creates micro and nanostructured materials. The microfluidic systems developed by his group aim at revolutionizing the batch-scale procedures that are widely used for the solution-phase preparation of colloidal nanomaterials but often lack control and scalability. The fabricated microfluidic systems are highly scalable and promise the automated and consistent preparation of nanocrystals and heterostructures with tailored properties.