Professor Yonggang Zhu

RMIT/Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China

Professor Yonggang Zhu

RMIT/Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen, China or



Microfluidics for Biomedical Applications


Microfluidics has attracted more and more attention since the last two devices for both fundamental research and applications. The applications of microfluidics in biology ranges from biosensors for sensing chemical and biological substances, organ on a chip for drug screening to biomaterials development. This talk will report the developments of microfluidic devices for biosensing and organ on a chip applications. The first part will discuss the detection of Handra virus and cancer biomarkers using microchip-based sensor techniques. The key microflow control techniques such as magnetic microbeads trapping, magnetic and acoustic micromixing have been developed to enable the fast biochemical reactions. Detection of cancer biomarkers has been demonstrated with fast speed and high sensitivity. A SERS (Surface enhanced Ramon Spectroscopy) based method for antibody detection has also been demonstrated using the platform. The second part of the talk will report the development of an alveolar microchip to investigation the chaotic flow pattern in alveoli and its effect on micro and nanoparticles transport deep in lung.


Professor Yonggang Zhu is currently a Professor and director of Center for Microflows and Nanoflows at Harbin Institute of Technology, ShenZhen, China, and a Joint Professor at School of Science, RMIT University, Australia. Prior to this, he held the positions of Senior Principal Research Scientist and Research Team Leader for the Microfluidics and Fluid Dynamics Team in CSIRO Australia, Senior Technology Fellow at Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication. His current research interests include micro- and nanoscale thermal & fluid flows, lab on a chip devices, microthermal systems, multiphase flows and micro-sensors. He has led many research and development projects in developing advanced technologies for chemical and biological sensing, new materials development, thermal management systems and industry applications. Prof. Zhu has published over 200 papers including book chapters, journal articles, conference papers and technical reports. He is the winner of 2012 Australian Museum Eureka Science Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security.