UCSB Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering
Professor Meinhart's research group investigates fundamental fluid mechanics problems at the micro-scale and nano-scale, with special emphasis on transport issues in MEMS-based sensors for detection of specific biological molecules. The BioMEMS research is highly interdisciplinary and involves the development of InP-based integrated lasers that are flip-chip bonded to Si-based microfluidic flow channels, and the use of dielectrophoresis to enhance binding reactions near a laser sensor. This project involves collaborations with Prof. Larry Coldren's group in ECE for developing integrated lasers, and with Prof. Kimberley Turner's group in MEE for microfabrication of the flow structures .The group also works closely with ThauMDx, a local biotechnology company in Santa Barbara.
Professor Meinhart completed his Ph.D and Postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois in June of 1995. At the University of Illinois, his research involved the investigation of coherent structures in wall-bounded turbulent flows. From 1995 to 1996, while at Ford Research Laboratory in Dearborn, MI, he developed and used 3-D Stereo PIV methods to investigate flow in engine cylinders. Since coming to UCSB in 1996, his research has focused on developing and applying PIV to study transport phenomena in microfluidic devices. His research group is involved in the development and analysis of BioMEMS for immunoassays and molecular diagnostics.