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Presentation Title: Clogging Microchannels with Micro Gel Particles Discipline: Mechanical Engineering School: Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute Presentation Type: Oral Presentation Abstract: Clogging Microchannels with Micro Gel Particles Joshua Begay, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Major filtration companies would like to make better filters but can’t because clogging is not well understood. Filters work by preventing contaminates from entering through clogging. To make better filters, we must understand clogging. We use soft lithography to fabricate microfluidic devices in PDMS for making emulsion and microchannels that are used for clogging. Gel particles are made using a two phase micro emulsion process, and then polymerized. We then clog microchannels with these gel particles. We find that to create a clog, the needed number of poly dispersed gel particles are more than mono dispersed hard particles.

Presenter: Joshua Begay Tribe: Navajo Primary Email: Biography Joshua is currently a Mechanical Engineering student at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI). During his stay at SIPI, he has held the position as Student Treasure, an active AISES Member, and an intern for projects including Argonne National Laboratory Renewable Energy Challenge and the University of New Mexico. After winning the National Challenge, Joshua attended Harvard for an undergrad research experience program. When he is completed with his curriculum at SIPI, Joshua plans on attending UNM where he plans to earn a B.S. and continue to a M.S.


2011 National Conference Student Research Abstracts  
2011 National Conference Student Research Abstracts  

A comprehensive list of the student research topics that will be presented at the AISES 2011 National Conference