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Cincinnati, OH 45221
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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, primarily in electrofluidics and biosensors, spanning fundamental science to more applied work through industrial partnerships (see our Research page). Furthermore, NDL has the practical knowledge, facilities, and a strong track-record for rapidly transforming novel concepts into commercially viable prototypes.  Since 2006, NDL has partnered with numerous U.S., European, and Asian companies in pushing new technologies to market (click 
here for support map). 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).

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NDL gratefully acknowledges support from (alphabetical):

Army CERDEC, Army Research Labs, AU Optronics (AUO, Taiwan), AFOSR Young Investigator Award, AFRL Materials Directorate, AFRL Sensors Directorate, Crayola, DuPont, FlexTech Alliance, Gamma Dynamics Corp., GVD Corp.,  Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan), Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, LG Displays (Korea), Lockheed Martin Company, Motorola Research Labs, MicroChem, National Nanobio Manufacturing Consortium, Northorp Grumman Corp., NSF Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems, NSF Career, NSF GOALI, NSF EAGER, NSF Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems, NSF Integrative, Hybrid, and Cyber Systems, NSF Stanford Nanofab Facility, Ohio Dept. of Development (IDCAST & 3rd Frontier), Ohio Board of Regents, Philips (The Netherlands), Polymer Vision (The Netherlands), Procter and Gamble (P&G), Ricoh (Japan), SeeReal Technologies (Germany), Sun Chemical,  Prime View International (Taiwan),  UES, UC Research Council, UC Launchpad, UC Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, University Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation

Recent News
10.22.14-- NDL's article "Sweat Sensors Will Change How Wearables Track Your Health" is featured in IEEE Spectrum.

06.27.14-- Okeanos, which is partnered with NDL, was featured in Popular Science: Removing Salt To Relieve The World’s Thirst

06.23.14-- Successful NDL alumni return to Cincinnati for 2014 Electrowetting Conference

-- UC News featuring 9th International Electrowetting Conference

06.04.14-- NDL Research on sweat sensors featured on CBSNEWS

04.21.14-- NDL Research Co-Op student Daniel Griffin wins a prestigious National Goldwater Scholarship !

04.16.14-- Dr. Phillip Schultz receives the Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award for the year 2013!
12.10.13 – Dr. Heikenfeld named
Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

11.07.13 – Innovative solar technology ( SmartLight , Forget Solar Panels).

10.12.13 – UC sweat-sensor on ESPN!

09.04.13 – Dr. Heikenfeld earns Top 25 STEM Professors in Ohio!

– Dr. Heikenfeld comments on 3D-printed liquid metal brings stretchable gadgets closer.
06.28.13 – Okeanos technologies signs sponsored development agreement with the University of Cincinnati! 

– See our article featured in LOC about Artificial Microfluidic Skin!

04.18.13 – Dr. Heikenfeld receives Established Faculty Entrepreneur Achievement Award (article, video)

04.04.13 – Dr. Heikenfeld receives the 2013 Young Investigator Award by the UC chapter of Sigma Xi

– See Daniel Rose, Daniel Griffin, and Linlin Hou in NDL's article about sweat-sensor diagnostic tools as well as being covered in NPR's Focus on Technology [mp3]

– See " Lighter, Brighter Displays: Electrowetting combines the best of LCD and E Ink. " an article featured in IEEE Spectrum.

10.30.12 –  NDL publishes paper on " Bright e-Paper by Transport of Ink through a White Electrofluidic Imaging Film ", in the journal Nature Communications, which has been picked up by major media outlets including Yahoo! News , LiveScience , MSNBC.com and materials360online.

–  See our collection of articles and our podcast involving a interesting relation between nature and our E-Reader technology:  " Can Octopuses Help Us Make Better Kindles? ", " How E-Reader Tech Mimics Octopuses " and listen to " Biomimicry and e-Readers ".

06.30.12 – Matt Hagedon gives an excellent talk on Electrofluidic Ink Transposition at TEDx Cincy.

06.11.12 – NDL's article " Investigation of five types of switchable retroreflector films for enhanced visible and infrared conspicuity applications " featured on the Applied Optics cover page

06.08.12 – Congrats to our new Ph.Ds !!

05.30.12 – Eric Kreit Awarded $100 for Best Dissertation Award 2012!!

01.30.12 – Congrats to Dr. Yang

01.19.12 – Congrats to Dr. Kreit

01.11.12 – UC's Top 10 Countdown of most-read stories in 2011. See Prof. Heikenfeld's review of the next gen. electronic paper devices. 

– UC President's New Year Greetings. See NDL inside.


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