Alex Barbati

Ph.D. Student
Mechanical Engineering

Project Web Page: Electrokinetic Properties of Microfluidic Substrates
Email: acb238(at)cornell.edu
Address: 127 Upson Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: (607) 255-9114
Fax: (607) 255-1222
Alex Barbati currently works on electrokinetic interrogation and modeling of interfaces with diffuse charge. Previously, he worked on the fabrication and development of microfluidic platforms for cellular analysis.

Biography

Alex Barbati joined the Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory in December of 2007. Prior to joining the group, Alex studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 2003-2007. While at UMass, Alex developed code to detect faults in rotating machinery using statistical methods to maximize gathered information via intelligent sensor placement. In addition to his academic experience, Alex has worked for MKS Instrument, Inc. developing products for advanced manufacturing processes. Alex is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma and SIAM.

Current Projects

Current projects include modeling of and experiments on fluid permeable diffuse-charge interfaces. Specifically, we study sulfonated fluoropolymer films and execute streaming potential and conductance measurements combined with extensive characterization of the chemical and physical state of the interface. We model transport in the system to both predict experimental outputs and identify novel regions of the experimental parameter space.

Honors and Awards

– NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Awarded, 2009
– Alfred Drewes Scholarship, 2006 (UMass Amherst)

Education

– B.S. 2007 – University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude)

Publication and Presentations

A.C. Barbati, B.J. Kirby,
“Force and Flux Relations in Systems with Porous and Charged Interfaces”, Submitted, 2013.
A.C. Barbati, C. Fang, G.A. Banker, B.J. Kirby,
“Culture of primary rat hippocampal neurons: design, analysis, and optimization of a microfluidic device for cell seeding, coherent growth, and solute delivery”, Biomedical Microdevices, (2013) 15:97-108.
A.C. Barbati, B. J. Kirby,
“Soft diffuse interfaces in electrokinetics – theory and experiment for transport in charged diffuse layers”, Soft Matter, (2012) 8:10598-10613.
J. P. Smith, A.C. Barbati, S. M. Santana, J. P. Gleghorn, B. J. Kirby,
“Microfluidic transport in microdevices for rare cell capture”, Electrophoresis, (2012) 33:3133-3142.
A.C. Barbati, B.J. Kirby,
“Electrokinetic characterization of soft and charged interfaces: Nafion polymer films.”, 13th Annual New York Complex Matter Workshop, Syracuse, NY
A.C. Barbati, B.J. Kirby,
“Electrokinetic characterization of soft and charged interfaces: Nafion polymer films.”, APS DFD 2012, San Diego, CA
A.C. Barbati, B.J. Kirby,
“Streaming potential investigations of novel materials: Nafion polymer films”, 86th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium 2012, Baltimore, MD
A.C. Barbati, B.J. Kirby,
“Elucidation of Double Layer Phenomena via Flat Plate Streaming Potential of Novel Surfaces: Nafion Polymer Films”, 12th Annual New York Complex Matter Workshop 2011, Ithaca, NY
A.C. Barbati, B.J. Kirby,
“Fluid properties in the electrical double layer – effects on streaming potential at charged interfaces”, APS DFD 2011, Baltimore, MD.
A.C. Barbati, B.J. Kirby,
Gordon Research Conference on Microfluidics, Waterville Valley, NH. 26 June – 1 July 2011
A.C. Barbati
Gordon Research Seminar on Microfluidics, Waterville Valley, NH 25-26 June 2011. (Seminar Chair)
A.C. Barbati, C. Fang, G. A. Banker, B.J. Kirby,
“Directed Growth of rat hippocampal neurons in microfluidic culture without surface patterning or chemical gradients”, MicroTAS 2010, Groningen, The Netherlands.
A.C. Barbati, C. Fang, G. A. Banker, B.J. Kirby,
“Microfluidic Device and Culture Platform for the Observation and Control of Axonal Growth and Axonal Organelle Transport of Rat Hippocampal Neurons”, MicroTAS 2009, Jeju, Korea.
A. C. Barbati, B.J. Kirby,
Gordon Research Conference on Microfluidics, Lucca, Italy., 27 June – 3 July, 2009.
C. Fang, S. K. Petrie, E. Brown, B. Smoody, A. Cohen, A. Mukherjee , B. Roysam, A. C. Barbati, B. J. Kirby, G. Banker
“Axonal Transport in Cortical Culture from a Mouse Model of Huntington’s Disease”, Presented 4 Dec. 2008; Neurodegenerative Diseases: Biology & Therapeutics (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
A. C. Barbati, C. Fang, G. A. Banker, and B. J. Kirby
“Device Fabrication for the Observation of Axonal Growth and Axonal Organelle Transport of Rat Hippocampal Neurons: Control of Cell Attachment via Surface Patterning”, Presented 27 Oct. 2008; 9th Annual Cornell Nanobiotechnology Symposium, Ithaca, NY.
A. C. Barbati, C. Fang, G. A. Banker, and B. J. Kirby
“Device Fabrication for the Observation of Axonal Growth and Axonal Organelle Transport of Rat Hippocampal Neurons: Control of Cell Attachment via Surface Patterning”, Presented 23 Aug. 2008; 1st Annu. Cornell BME Student Retreat, Ithaca, NY.
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