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Jie Xu, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Contact

Building & Room:

Office: 3051 ERF Lab Location: 1014 ERF

Address:

2039 ERF, 842 W. Taylor Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 355-1788

Email:

jiexu@uic.edu

Related Sites:

About

Research Interests:

Microfluidics, Lab-on-a-chip and Biosensors

Micro/nano transport phenomena

Service to Community

Editorial Board Member of Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering

Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports

Guest Editor of Special issue “Microfluidic Sensors” in Micromachines

Notable Honors

2018, Researcher and Scholar of the Year, Rising Star Category , UIC

2017, Early Career Faculty Award , NASA

2013, Member of Global Young Academy , Elected

2011, Young Faculty Award, DARPA

Education

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, 2010

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, New York, 2006

B.S. Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, 2005

Research Currently in Progress

Acoustofluidics

The acoustofluidics research thrust in our laboratory explores interesting phenomena occurring when acoustic waves meet fluids at microscale. We are particularly interested in using acoustically-actuated microbubbles to create microstreaming, both symmetric and directional, as well as creating a trapping force. Applications include microfluidic mixing, pumping, particle manipulation, worm/sperm sorting, fish manipulation, sensing enhancement, soundproofing, and additive manufacturing.

Microfluidic biosensors

The biosensors research thrust in our laboratory focuses on cost-effective, user-friendly and reliable biological microfluidic chips to address various concerns in global health. Various sensing techniques and fabrication methods have been studied including electrochemical detection, optical detection and 3D-printed microfluidic sensors. Specifically, ongoing research projects involve rapid biological detection based on paper devices, determination of foodborne pathogens based on DNA probes, early cancer detection by separating circulating tumor cells from blood samples and enzymatic/microbial electrochemical sensors.