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Carl D. Meinhart, Professor

Carl D. Meinhart

Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Office: Room 2323 Engineering II Building
Phone: (805) 893-4563
Fax: (805) 893-8651


Ph.D. 1994, University of Illinois

Thermal/Fluid Sciences: development and analysis of MEMS-based micro-fluidic devices, optical instrumentation for micro-scale fluid mechanics, and wall turbulence.

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.




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