May 15, 2003 – Vol. 22 No. 16

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    Chemistry professor receives three-year Beckman grant

    By Steve Koppes
    News Office

    Rustem Ismagilov, Assistant Professor in Chemistry, has received a three-year, $240,000 grant from the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to study the use of microfluidics to control chemical systems in a time-dependent fashion.

    Microfluidics is the flow of fluids through channels narrower than a human hair. The technique is vital to the development of laboratories on a chip–miniature systems for conducting biological and chemical analyses.

    As a Beckman Young Investigator, Ismagilov also will participate in a symposium sponsored by the foundation at the Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering in Irvine, Calif.

    The Beckman grant follows in the wake of a new flow system developed by Ismagilov’s research group that brings laboratories on a chip one step closer to reality. Ismagilov described the system in February this year in the international edition of the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie.