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's mission is to create disruptive technological innovations through highly multidisciplinary research in electrofluidics and biosensors, spanning fundamental science to more applied work through industrial partnerships. Our research foci are not participatory, but rather to play a globally leading role in any endeavor we pursue. 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: Nature News and Views, 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. Even more recently, we can now control the color temperature of sunlight coming into your home: UC News.

Recent News

Electrowetting Conference continues in Taipei, NDL gives 3 talks, and bumps into many old friends (including Weiyuan Cheng and Chung-Chih Wu)
Sweat sensing research featured in Adafruit Daily!
Congrats to NDL grad, Dr. Phillip Schultz, for the cover of Optical Engineering!
Prof Heikenfeld authors an article featured in Nature News and Views!
NDL submit's it's 100th invention disclosure. At UC for only 10 years and the most invention disclosures of any lab at UC! The disclosure was a team effort.
The Economist Sept. 19th 2015 issue covers our sweat sensor research!
NDL highlighted in President Ono's 'Faces of UC' special!
NDL is now a member of the National Science Foundation ASSIST Engineering Research Center at NCSU
Congratulations to Sayantika Mukherjee - recent NDL, PhD graduate!
Sayantika speaks on 'Tunable' Smart Windows with WVXU NPR!
Eccrine Systems receives $1M loan from the state of Ohio for tech development! [link]
NDL technology in 'Tunable' Smart Windows featured in UC News!
Eccrine Systems wins EDGE Award at Ohio Valley Entrepreneur Of The Year (EOY) in Cincinnati!
Zack presents on sweat sensing technology at TEDxUCincinnati!
NDL Alumn's Philip and Alex Schultz are working at startup company Okeanos which just want an Edison Gold Award!
Prof. Heikenfeld to speak at Wearable Tech NYC!

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