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CNA Seminar/Colloquium/Joint Pitt-CNA Colloquium
Ryan Evans
Title: Transport Phenomena in Field Effect Transistors

Abstract: Tailoring therapies to individuals for personalized care can be safer and yield superior outcomes with lower doses for conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimers disease, or even certain cancers. However, widespread use of personalized care is currently limited by in- ability to measure pathology and detect biomarkers. Moreover, existing strategies require specialized facilities, can be slow to perform and can be expensive. This has led to the development of a new portable detection tool known as a field effect transistor (FET). Very well-suited for biomarker measurements due their high charge sensitivity and direct signal transduction, FETs allow label-free measurements at physiological concentrations. Chemical reactants are injected at the top of solution-well and diffuse through a well to bind with another chemical reactant immobilized to a narrow band on the well-floor. A resulting response curve allows for biomarker measurement and estimation of key parame- ters, such as binding affinities. A collection of mathematical models for FET experiments will be presented taking the form of a diffusion coupled to a nonlinear equation that describes the evolution of the reacting species concentration. (joint work with Tony Kearsley)

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Wean Hall 7218
Submitted by:  David Kinderlehrer