Research Projects

The following are highlights from research that touch on my work with fluids and fluid dynamics. When available, links are included to provide more technical information about the project, such as in reports and presentations. Please don't hesitate to contact me via my Linkedin if you would like to discuss my work in more detail.

Designed a modular, fully reconfigurable microfluidic network using micromachined, store-bought LEGO bricks as modules.

Owens CE, AJ Hart (2018) High-precision modular microfluidics by micromilling of interlocking injection-molded blocks. (paper) (video) (MIT news article) (More information) (Other news articles: Science Daily, NSF press release, Techcrunch, (also in Japanese, Russian), Inverse, Outerplaces, Techexplorist, Fast Codesign, Azonano, Scicasts, Science Newsline, EurekaAlert, Technology Networks, Designer Edge)

We built a device to apply tuned two-dimensional acoustic fields to assemble millions of microparticles into hundreds of crystallites in a single step within a resonating chamber.

Owens, CE, CW Shields, DF Cruz, P Charbonneau, GP Lopez (2016) Highly parallel acoustic assembly of microparticles into well-ordered colloidal crystallites, Soft Matter, 2016, 12, 717. (

Developed a vane with a fractal cross section to provide more even shear stress on measured fluids while retaining good traction to prevent fluid slip. The design is 3D printable and available free online for download.

Owens CE, AJ Hart, GH McKinley (2020) Improved rheometry of yield stress fluids using bespoke fractal 3D printed vanes.

Selected to give cover art for our journal issue.

Developed a method of extrusion printing carbon nanotube inks to create flexible electronics.

Owens CE, RJ Headrick, SM Williams, AJ Fike, M Pasquali, GH McKinley, AJ Hart (2021) Substrate-Versatile Direct-Write Printing of Carbon Nanotube-Based Flexible Conductors, Circuits, and Sensors.

The full text can be accessed for free here:

Here is a related presentation abstract.