How to Make It and Use It Workshop

University of Kansas, Lawrence

August 1–3, 2018

Integrated Science Building, the University of Kansas, Lawrence

Sponsors: National Institutes of Health · National Science Foundation



This workshop will offer participants the opportunity to learn about patterning structures across different length scales (nm → µm) and become familiar with a number of important application areas – microfluidics and nanofluidics for biological/biomedical applications. There will be lectures (mornings) covering relevant technological and application areas. In the afternoons, there will be on-site visits and demonstrations of fabrication equipment and hands-on experiments focused on making a microfluidic device and using it.

Intended Audience

Researchers wanting to learn more about what microfluidics can do, how to design devices for different application areas, and how to make microfluidic devices, especially using plastics manufacturing.


The KU Nanofabrication Laboratory (KUNL), located in the new Integrated Science Building on the KU campus. Parking and transit information here: http://www.parking.ku.edu/. Directions to the Integrated Science Building here: will be coming soon. Lectures will be in the Integrated Science Building on the KU campus.


Day 1 (August 1) – Basic principles on how to produce microstructures and nanostructures in a variety of materials, but primarily in plastics using molding. Day 2 (August 2) – Strategies for designing a device for different application areas. Lectures from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm followed by demonstrations and laboratory work in the afternoons. Day 3 – Laboratory work and discussion of results.


Steven Soper
University of Kansas
Maggie Witek
University of Kansas
Sunggook Park
Louisiana State University

International Guest Lecturer (TBD)


Registration Fees

The cost for attendance is $175 and includes morning continental breakfast, lectures, lunch and the hands-on laboratories in the afternoons. There will be a dinner reception the night of August 2 with a lecture by the guest (TBD). Participants will also see demonstrations on the fabrication equipment at KU.


Hotels within walking distance of the KU campus: Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave, Lawrence, KS 66044, (785) 843-1200. Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St, Lawrence, KS 66044, (785) 749-5011. For alternative hotel suggestions, please contact one of the people below.


Lindsey Roe (lindseyp@ku.edu); Steven A. Soper (ssoper@ku.edu); Maggie Witek (mwitek@ku.edu)


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Workshop Flyer

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National Institutes of Health (CBM2 Precision Medicine), National Science Foundation