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Micro/Nanofluidics Lab Staff and Facilities
The interdisciplinary nature of our research is such that our research team consists of lab members from a wide variety of backgrounds, and our research is performed in many different laboratories. This page gives an intro to our staff and facilities.
Staff
We have a very interdisciplinary group. Professor Kirby is a member of the Mechanical, Chemical, Biomedical, and Aerospace Engineering fields at Cornell, as well as the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Medicine at the Weill-Cornell Medical College. Our staff has included students from Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Applied Physics. Students at the Ph.D., Master's, and undergraduate level are all currently working together on a variety of projects.
Other pages on this website contain info about our lab members as well as information on current research openings.
Facilities

Because of the complex and expensive equipment and infrastructure required for micro- and nanoscale research, facilities are often a limiting factor. At Cornell, we have unparalleled resources both for fabrication and for characterization. Many of these facilities are housed in Duffield Hall, a new, >$100M building that connects Upson and Grumman Hall (the primary homes of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) and Phillips Hall (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and is the center of nanoscale research at Cornell.

Duffield Hall at Cornell.  Microfabrication and nanofabrication facilities, cleanrooms, nanocharacterization.
View of Duffield Hall from the sundial on the Engineering Quad.
(Courtesy Cornell University)
Cleanroom facilities for microfluidics and nanofluidics at Cornell.
Yusef, Ben, Nick, Mike, and Sowmya (L-R) in the clean rooms in the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility.
Our laboratory in Grumman Hall has wet chemistry facilities for chemical synthesis and biochemical analysis. We also employ approximately five microscopes in concert with a variety of optical instrumentation for laser-fabrication and/or characterization of microsystems, as well as specialized equipment for interfacial characterization. In addition to the capabilities in our laboratory, our research group draws heavily on user facilities such as the Cornell Nanofabrication Facility (CNF). The CNF houses state-of-the-art cleanroom, fabrication, and characterization facilities.

Other centers, such as the Nanobiotechnology Center, Cornell Center for Materials Research, and Center for Nanoscale Systems, all have extensive user facilities that we utilize for our research. These include cleanrooms, UV and e-beam lithography, plasma and wet etching, microscopy (e.g., SEM, TEM, STEM), and surface characterization tools (e.g., XPS, AFM, STM).

Nanobiotechnology center at Cornell: Microfluidics,
biophysics, nanotechnology.
Nanobiotechnology center cleanrooms and facilities.
(Courtesy Nanobiotechnology Center)
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics in 
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Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory, Brian Kirby, XXX
Julia at work in the lab, implementing novel micropumps for use with circulating tumor cell microdevices, 2012.
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics in 
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Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory, Brian Kirby, Hannah Eastwood
Hannah in the lab, Summer 2013, working on culture and manipulation of circulating tumor cells.
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics in 
Cornell Mechanical Engineering Dept.  
Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory, Brian Kirby, Jim Smith, Tim Lannin
Jim and Tim love Lab Cleanup Day.
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics in 
Cornell Mechanical Engineering Dept.  
Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory, Brian Kirby, Shalu Suri, Marie Godla
(L-R) Marie and Shalu in the lab, 2013.
Microfluidics and Nanofluidics in 
Cornell Mechanical Engineering Dept.  
Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory, Brian Kirby, Fredrik Thege
Fredrik receives a Best Poster award at the 2013 Gordon Research Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Microfluidics in Barga, Italy from Jonathan Posner (U. Washington).