Welcome to the Novel Devices Laboratory

Welcome to the Novel Devices Laboratory (NDL) at the University of Cincinnati! With UC having +43,000 students and having been ranked among the top 25 of U.S. public research universities, we are part of a top destination for both cutting edge research and education!

NDL performs highly multidisciplinary research in electrofluidics and biosensors, spanning fundamental science to more applied work through industrial partnerships. Furthermore, NDL has the practical knowledge, facilities, and a strong track-record for rapidly transforming novel concepts into commercially viable prototypes. NDL is also a founding member of the NSF Center for Advanced Design and Manufacturing of Integrated Microfluidics (CADMIM), lead founder for the Ohio Center for Microfluidic Innovation (OCMI), and founding member of the Nano-Bio Manufacturing Consortium (NBMC).

Recent Projects

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Sweat Sensing: FitBit, Apple Watch, actually decades old technology. But, now with an advanced electronic patch, you can electrically stimulate and sense a tiny amount of sweat and truly monitor health all day long without needles, because what happens in your blood, comes out in sweat too. More Info: IEEE Spectrum Feature, UC News, and ESPN
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Liquid Metal Electronics: Most electronics using patterned metals like antennas and meta materials are fixed in functionality by use of solid metals. That may now be changing, as we collaborate with AFRL and NCSU on ways to form liquid metals into any shape at the micro scale: Video 1 and Video 2
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Electronic Paper: The ultimate display? Big as an iPad but folds up into your pocket, brighter in sunlight than an LED billboard but has a battery 10X smaller than needed today. e-Paper is best served to enable such displays, and NDL is global leader in e-Paper technology: More Info 1 and More Info 2
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Smart Light: A sunny day, has enough sunlight incident on the building (>30,000 lux) to supply lighting (300 lux) for 100 floors with no electricity. Even if you lost 90% of the light somehow, 30 floors could be lit. Find out how: YOUTUBE and UC News

Recent News

NDL's newest startup, Eccrine Systems, emerges from stealth mode! Read more: Business Wire, MEDCITY News & Cincinnati Business Courier
Zack gives an invited talk at Wearables Tech Europe and technology is highlighted in an article by Berliner Morgenpost!
Prof. Heikenfeld presents on a 100% flipped classroom!
Send off dinner for Wil!
NDL's work in sweat sensing technology is featured in IEEE Spectrum, Gizmag and Fox19 news!
Okeanos, which is partnered with NDL, was featured in Popular Science: Removing Salt To Relieve The World's Thirst
Successful NDL alumni return to Cincinnati for 2014 Electrowetting Conference
NDL Research on sweat sensors featured on CBSNEWS
NDL Research Co-Op student Daniel Griffin wins a prestigious National Goldwater Scholarship !
Dr. Phillip Schultz receives the Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award for the year 2013!
Heikenfeld named Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
Innovative solar technology ( SmartLight , Forget Solar Panels)
UC sweat-sensor on ESPN!
Dr. Heikenfeld earns Top 25 STEM Professors in Ohio!
Dr. Heikenfeld comments on 3D-printed liquid metal brings stretchable gadgets closer.
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