Chemical engineer Bishop wins $437,000 National Science Foundation award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Chemical engineering faculty member Kyle Bishop has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development (CAREER) Award.

Designed to support junior faculty who have show exceptional promise in teaching and research, the NSF CAREER Award provides five years of funding for researchers.

Bishop, an assistant professor of chemical engineering, will receive a $437,000 grant for the project "Contact Charge Electrophoresis for Mobile Microfluidics."

The work centers on a new method of manipulating colloidal matter called "contact-charge electrophoresis," where a charged particle or droplet oscillates continuously between two electrodes. Bishop's work aims to rectify these oscillations using microscale "ratchets" to direct and control particle motion within microfluidic devices at breakneck speed. This new ability to manipulate small particles could have an impact on a number of technologies, including particle separation, electronic displays, cell sorting and DNA sequencing.

Bishop's research seeks to discover, understand and apply new strategies for organizing and directing matter and energy to enable new technologies in energy capture, transport and utilization. His interests include self-assembly, colloidal machines and nonequilibrium materials.

Last Updated February 04, 2014