The Papautsky Lab performs highly multi-disciplinary research, from fundamental science to applied work. Our mission is to understand and develop microfluidic systems and point-of-care sensors for improving public health and safety. We also have a strong interest in developing microfabrication and nanofabrication techniques.  The Papautsky Lab has extensive experience and practical knowledge in design and development of microfluidic and point-of-care sensor systems. We also have extensive knowledge of clean room operations as well as the associated equipment needed to fabricate and characterize micro devices and systems. We are a founding member of the NSF Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM) and  the Ohio Center for Microfluidic Innovation (OCMI).

Current Major Research Thrusts

Inertial Microfluidics.  Inertial focusing has been attracting considerable interest in recent years due to immensely promising applications in cell separations and sorting. We envision promising applications and easy integration of our devices with existing lab-on-a-chip systems for cell separations.

Point-of-Care Electrochemical Sensors.  We are developing portable electrochemical sensors for rapid point-of-care assessment of exposure to heavy metals.  This work also extends to the development of sensors for determination of biomarkers in biological fluids.

Microfabrication.  There is a strong need for simple methods of mid- to large-scale fabrication of microfluidic and sensor systems. We are investigating methods that range from roll-to-roll fabrication to micromilling to 3D printing to polymer casting.


05.01.2017 Dr. Papautsky is invited to give talks at the SelectBio Lab-on-a-Chip World Congress and Liquid Biopsy meetings in San Diego, CA.


04.16.2017 Dr. Papautsky is honored as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


03.01.2017 Wenjing's paper is on the cover of the March issue of Electroanalysis.  Congratulations Wenjing!


2.12.2017 Dr. Jian Zhou presents a paper and chairs a session at the SPIE BIOS meeting in San Francisco, CA. Congratulations Jian!


12.16.2016 Dr. Jian Zhou wins 3rd place Best Poster award.  Congratulations Jian!


12.12.2016 Dr. Jian Zhou presents at IEEE EMBS Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine Conference meeting in Waikoloa, Hawaii.


12.07.2016 Dr. Papautsky gives talk at the NIH  Environmental Health Science FEST, at the Durham Convention Center in Durham, NC as part of the 50th anniversary celebration for the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).


11.29.2016 US Patent #9,506,855 issued to Dr. Papautsky, Dr. Li Shen & AFRL (“Method, System, and Device for Analyzing a Colorimetric Assay”)  – Congratulations!


10.09.2016 Four papers were presented at MicroTAS 2016 conference held in Dublin, Ireland.


09.26.2016 Dr. Papautsky gives talks at the SelectBio Lab-on-a-Chip World Congress and Liquid Biopsy meetings in San Diego, CA.


08.16.2016 We moved! The lab transitioned to the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Stay tuned for mode updates!



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