Optofluidic Technologies

Revised: 2019 05 06

Background and Challenges

There are several fluid monitoring challenges in a wide range of applications from wastewater treatment plant process monitoring, environmental water quality monitoring, and biofluid analysis. Optofluidic devices share several of the advantages of microfluidic devices and optical detection methods. Microfluidic channels are used to deliver small volumes of samples to the sensitive region of the device. Currently there are limitations in fluid analysis where the samples have to be sent to a lab and the results are available later.


The development of low cost, sensitive, optofluidic sensing devices enables the continuous monitoring of several parameters in fluids continuously directly from the site. This enables diagnostic devices to be widely distributed throughout the area of interest. The sensors can also be configured to send data directly to the end user instead of third party servers which serves to improve the security and privacy of personal data.

Research Objectives

Our research objectives are to develop PoC diagnostic devices and home monitoring systems with applications in remote health monitoring and to assist aging in place. Devices are developed and tested in the lab, then built into a smart home test environment to verify the performance of our devices.

Optofluidic Technologies

Our remote monitoring devices include: - Environment Water Quality Monitoring - Monitoring WWTP processes - Urine Analysis - Urine Imaging

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