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September 28, 2012
Attinger receives Office of Justice grant to study bloodstain patterns.

September 14, 2012
Attinger receives NSF grant to enhance boiling with biphilic nanostructured surfaces.

September 14, 2012
Attinger receives internal grant to organize seminar series on “Computationally Engineered Plants“.

July 9, 2012
Attinger receives the ASME ICNMM 2012 Outstanding Researcher Award at the 10th International Conference on Nano-, Micro- and Minichannels (ICNMM), Puerto Rico, USA.

November, 2011
Attinger chairs the ASME Society-Wide Micro & Nano Technology Forum. The event displays more than 200 posters and honors 50 students with travel grants and best poster awards.

June 30, 2011
Ph.D. candidate Amy Betz successfully defends her PhD thesis “Multiphase Microfluidics for Convective Heat Transfer and Manufacturing”. Starting this August, she will continue her academic career as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kansas State University.
June 1, 2011 Daniel Attinger accepts a tenured Associate Professor position in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University. ISU has a strong thermofluid program and runs the largest forensic research center in the USA.
April 1, 2011 Amy Betz is invited to give a research presentation at Lehigh University in the framework of a program to recruit ‘rising women scholars’ as new faculty members.
March 25, 2011 Our summer high-school intern Ann Baldwin is now studying Physics and Chemistry in Harvard. The “Harvard Crimson” just named her “lab rat of the week”. About her internship in Attinger’s lab she says “The atmosphere I found there, and the excellent mentorship I had from my first lab advisor really encouraged me to move forward “
November 17, 2010 Amy Betz’s poster wins honorable mention at the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), Micro and Nano Forum. The title of the poster is “Drastic Enhancement of Boiling Performance with Micro/Nano-engineering of Surface Wettability”
October 29, 2010 Gaël Osowiecki joins the lab as a visiting graduate student
October 29, 2010 Amy Betz is featured on TV and holds world record in boiling heat transfer
October 29, 2010 Professor Jie Xu discusses his new job at WSU Vancouver
October 27, 2010

Attinger is featured in an article on and Fox News entitled “Bleeding Edge Of Forensics” that focuses on the science behind forensics and bloodstain patterns.

September 23, 2010 Attinger becomes the primary investigator of a $632k three-year award from the Department of Justice: “Development of a Science Base and Open Source Software for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis”. Attinger’s lab will study the basic physics of blood drop impact and drying. This team project also involves Prof. Shih-Fu Chang, an expert in pattern recognition (Columbia Electrical Engineering) and Prof. Mark Spiegelman, an expert in open-source fluid mechanics (Columbia Applied Physics). The Columbia team will work in collaboration with forensics consultant Herb MacDonell (Corning, NY).
August 2010 Our alumni Jie Xu becomes Assistant Professor at Washington State University Vancouver, right after his Spring 2010 Ph.D. graduation. Thank you and good luck, Professor Xu.
August, 2010 Prof. Attinger gives a keynote lecture at the Eighth International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels in Montreal. The conference is being co-hosted with the ASME Fluids Engineering Division.
July, 2010 Dr. Namwon Kim joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow
July 1, 2010 Attinger’s lab is awarded a 3 year continuing NSF grant “Self-Assembly of Nanoparticles from Evaporating Drops and Liquid Films: Science, Engineering and Applications”. The interdisciplinary team lead by Attinger has the following skills: multiphase flow (Attinger), colloids (Somasundaran), pattern recognition (Chang) and open-source computational fluid dynamics (Spiegelman).
May, 2010 Rajneesh Bhardwaj received the Columbia Distinction of Outstanding Ph.D. thesis
March, 2010 Attinger’s lab receives 1 year NSF EAGER grant entitled Feasibility Study of Micro-Level Sensing and Process Control of Nitrification.” This is a collaborative project with Prof. Kartik Chandran from Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. The aim of this project is to prove the concept that microbioreactors with integrated “on-chip” sensing can investigate the process kinetics of microorganisms under a wide array of shear stress and mass transport conditions.
January, 2010 Our Ph.D. candidate Jie Xu was awarded his first research grant January 18 to develop the next generation of microfluidic cell manipulation devices. The $395 award comes from the Sigma Xi Committee on Grants-in-Aid of Research.
September, 2009 Attinger’s lab starts a 5-year NIH-funded collaboration with David Brenners’ group (team leader) at Columbia Medical School. Microfluidic methods will be developed to handle single biological cells in experiments involving radiation microbeams.
September 7, 2009 Ph.D. student Junfeng Xiao joined LMTP in Fall 2009. Junfeng was awarded 4-year full scholarship from the China Scholarship Council towards his graduate studies at Columbia.
February 18, 2009 Jie Qi, artist and engineering undergraduate student was awarded $1,100 by SEAS Dean Navratil for her proposal to design microfluidics artwork.
February, 2009 Our lab member Jie Xu receives the prestigious Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad: Ph.D. candidate Jie Xu was awarded the 2009 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. This award recognizes top Chinese Ph.D. students across all fields of study, over the whole world.
February, 2009 Our drop on demand work featured by the Institute of Physics: One of our publications: Xu J. and Attinger D., Drop on demand in a microfluidic chip, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (JMM), Vol 18, pp 065020, 2008, has been selected with 31 other articles among the 2008 Highlights of JMM by the Editorial Board and publishing team of JMM. “Papers in this special collection best represent the high quality and breadth of the contributions published in the journal in the year of 2008”. The highlights of 2008 are free to read until 31 December 2009.
February/March, 2007 Profs. Daniel Attinger and Chee Wei Wong received two grants in the area of optofluidics. This emerging discipline is about integrating microscopic fluid handling systems and optical sensors to perform fluid handling and measurements with application in biology, analytical chemistry and medical research. Operating frequencies, measurement accuracy and processing speeds are unprecedented. The ultimate goal of their research is to build microprocessors able to manipulate biological and chemical fluids, in a similar manner as electronic microprocessors manipulate electric signals.The first grant is $100,000 for one year and was received in February 2007, from the Columbia Center for High-Throughput Minimally-Invasive Radiation Biodosimetry. It is entitled “Integrated microfluidic visualization on a microchip for ultrahigh-throughput low-cost radiation biodosimetry”. Sam Sia from Columbia biomedical engineering is co-PI.The second grant is $270,000 for 3 years and was received in March 2007 from the NSF hybrid systems program. It is entitled “Optofluidics for next generation of laboratory-on-a-chip”.
November 7, 2006 Jonathan Kao receives the best student paper award from the ASME fluid division, at the IMECE 2006 Chicago Congress. Congratulations to Jonathan: he did his research work during the summer while still being a high school student. Jonathan is now a freshman in Stanford. The work was also featured in the May 2006 edition of the New Scientist
January 1, 2006 Dr. Berengere Podvin-Delarue joins the lab, as a Visiting Associate Research Scientist. Her work on bubble dynamics is supported by the US National Science Foundation and the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).
August 27, 2005 The laboratory moves from Stony Brook University to Columbia University.
February 1, 2005 The US National Science Foundation awards Daniel Attinger the CAREER award and $400,000 for a 5-year project “Investigation of bubble dynamics in microscale geometries, with applications in bioengineering and microfluidics
August 10, 2004 Dr. Attinger gives a Keynote Lecture at the International Symposium on Micro/Nanoscale Energy Conversion and Transport in Seoul, “Using Drops and Bubbles to Carry and Transform Energy at the Microscale, with Presentation of a Novel Rotary Microengine”
February 10, 2004 The US National Science Foundation awards Daniel Attinger and Jon Longtin (co-PI) $259,795 for a 3-year project “Coupling the High Resolution of Laser Measurements and Finite-Element Simulations to Understand Transport Phenomena during Microdroplet Deposition