Membrane Formation with Microfluidics

The school year is over! It’s amazing to think that I’m half way done with college; time passes by so quickly.

This summer I will continue my research with my new mentor with the UC LEADS program. Our project is currently on membrane formation. We are testing out two methods of membrane formation and combining them to create a membrane that suits our needs. We are in the process of making a mold for the channel that the membrane will form in; oil and aqueous solution will be injected into the channels to form layers that join together to forma bilayer membrane.

We have created the mold with the channels, but we still need to stick it on to glass plating and test the injecting of the fluids. We will be using various solutions to figure out if they will create a membrane and if they do, what properties the membrane will have with measurements. As for long term uses for the membrane, we are unsure. We’re taking things one step at a time, so this is what most of my summer will be dedicated to.

Hope everyone has a fabulous summer! :)

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