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Optofluidics or Micro-opto-fluidic-systems (MOFS)
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A new multidisciplinary course proposal Optofluidics or Micro-opto-fluidic-systems (MOFS)

Dr Ai-Qun Liu
School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
Singapore 639798. Email:, Tel 65-6790-4336

Microfluidics represent the science and technology that process or manipulate small amount of
fluids (10-9 to 10-18 litres) with dimensions of tens to hundreds of micrometers in microfluidic chip.
Micro-opto-fluidic-systems (MOFS) or Optofluidics aim at manipulating light and fluid at microscale
and exploiting their interaction to create highly versatile devices that is significant scientific and
interests in many areas. The novelties of the integrated MOFS are twofold. First, fluids can be used
to carry substances to be analyzed in highly sensitive optical microdevices. Second, fluids can also
be exploited to control optical microdevices, making them tunable, reconfigurable and adaptive. It
is a new breakthrough and multidisciplinary research area between liquids and light that can
provide new solutions and opportunities for a wide range of traditional photonic devices allowing
tuning and reconfiguration at the micrometer scale using microfluidic manipulation.

Course Description :
This course introduces basic concepts of optofluidics or micro-opto-fluidic systems. It aims to
provide basic concepts, theory and fabrication processes, which includes design, analyses,
manufacturing, and packaging processes of optofluidic chip. The course begins with a review of
fundamental optofluidics and applications. The other advanced topics to be covered such as
liquid-liquid waveguide, liquid lens, liquid bubbles grating and microfluidic waveguide laser etc..
In this course, the state-of-arts of optofluidic research will be reviewed with the high potential
applications of MPFS in biophysical, biochemistry and biomedical study are also discussed
following some showcase such as cell’s refractive index and cell’s Bulk modulus measurement etc.
Upon completing this course you should be able to understand basic functions, issues, needs,
trends, and roadmaps of optofluidics and have developed critical thinking skills in design,
fabrication, and packaging issues for optofluidic chip. This new innovation allows Master and
PhD students, scientists and researchers to tackle many classical problems with new tools and new
research ideas.
Who Should Attend this course is designed for Master and PhD students and engineers and academics etc. in research fields of micro/nanotechnology, photonics, microfluidics, analytical chemistry and MEMS etc., and other industries who are interested in exploring new research and innovation opportunities in
optofluidic chip and MOFS technology. Individuals who want to understand optofluidics and
MOFS technology will benefit from this short course. A basic understanding of physical science is

Course Outline :
1. Introduction on basic concepts of optofluidics
2. Liquid waveguides and waveguide integrated devices
3. Liquid lens, grating, splitters and optical tips etc.
4. Liquid light sources
5. Integrated micro-opto-fluidic systems and instruments
6. Optofluidic chip fabrications and experiments.



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