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) phys.org, 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. (http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/2016/SM/C5SM02348C)
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. https://sor.scitation.org/doi/suppl/10.1122/1.5132340
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. https://doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202100245
The full text can be accessed for free here: http://arxiv.org/abs/2105.10942
Here is a related presentation abstract.