Étienne Boulais and Pierre-Alexandre Goyette

PhD students in Physical Engineering
Polytechnique Montréal

Award-winning publicationMicrofluidic multipoles theory and applications

Published in: Nature Communications


The research led by Étienne Boulais and Pierre-Alexandre Goyette is focused on the experimental fabrication and theoretical modeling of microfluidic multipoles: a new tool that enables biologists to automate complex experiments on surfaces. The young experts relied on conformal transformations to explain diffusion in 2D plane flows and 3D printing to produce and image these flows. The study confirms the applicability of the concept by automating an immunoassay on a protein array.