Microfluidics and Nanofluidics

One of the most remarkable properties of animal cells is their ability to migrate.
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Nick Quirke

Nick is Professor of Chemical Physics at Imperial College, London. His group conducts theoretical and experimental research in the general area of nanomaterials with particular interest in their interaction with biomaterials and bionanotechnology. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the Institute of Nanotechnology, Editor-in-Chief of the international Journals, Molecular Simulation, and the Journal of Experimental Nanoscience.

Naomi Chayen

Professor Naomi Chayen specialises in crystallizing proteins and other biological molecules of medical and industrial interest. Her Group is developing new nanomaterials and technologies (including high-throughput methods) for producing crystals that are pivotal to the structure determination of biological molecules at atomic resolution. These underpin rational drug design, the understanding of biochemical mechanisms and other biotechnological applications. Her lab is currently working on proteins related to cancer, HIV, diabetes and heart disease.

Sanjiv Sharma

Research in the group falls broadly into the area of bioanalysis with a particular focus in the following areas:Biosensors: We are producing sensors based on both optical and electrochemical signal transduction schemes for applications in personal healthcare, bioreactor monitoring and clinical diagnostics. These biosensors often exploit engineered proteins.Protein Engineering: Although proteins have been widely used in bioanalysis many of their properties are not optimally suited to this application.
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The way proteins change their structure in the presence of certain chemicals, acids or bases - protein denaturation - plays a key

John De Mello

John de Mello is a Professor of Nanomaterials in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College. His research focuses on the synthesis, characterisation and application of nanomaterials, with a particular emphasis on their use in sensors and electronic devices. He was a co-recipient of the Royal Society''s Brian Mercer Award for Innovation in Nanotechnology and previously held a Royal Society Industry Fellowship with Millennium Inorganic Chemicals. He was a co-founder of Molecular Vision Ltd. - a company specialising in the use of organic LEDs and photodiodes for chemical sensing.

Joao T Cabral

Dr Joao Cabral's Polymers & Microfluidics group is centred on experimental soft condensed matter. They study complex fluids, often multicomponent systems, containing polymers, copolymers, (nano)-particles and surfactants. Microfluidics provides unique opportunities to synthesise, formulate, process and analyse fluids and is therefore explored in their work.Additionally, the group employ extensively scattering (light, X-rays and neutrons), microscopy, calorimetry and spectroscopy - but they also develop their own measurement tools.