Han discusses future of microdevices in Trends in Biotechnology

Photo of Dr. Arum HanDr. Arum Han, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, recently published a review paper in a prestigious publication on applied bioscience areas.

The paper, “Microfabricated Devices in Microbial Bioenergy Sciences,” was published in Trends in Biotechnology, a journal that publishes concise reviews and perspectives of recent research in rapidly progressing or emerging applied bioscience areas. The paper can be found here

In this paper Han discusses recent trends in microfabricated lab-on-a-chip systems that have the potential to provide cost- and time-efficient opportunities for analyzing microbe-mediated bioenergy synthesis. The systems of particular interest discussed here are those that support the analysis of microbial generation of bioelectricty, biogas and liquid transportation fuel from renewable resources. Han also suggests possible future opportunities and directions on how and where novel micro- and nanofabricated devices and systems can play crucial roles throughout the microbe-mediated bioenergy development processes.

Han, director of the NanoBio Systems Lab and an expert in microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies, joined the electrical and computer engineering department in 2005. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Seoul National University in Korea, his master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati and his Ph.D. degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology, all in electrical engineering. Honors include being a TEES fellow and receiving an outstanding professor award from the electrical and computer engineering department. 

Han’s research is at the interface of micro/nano technology and life sciences, with interest in solving grand challenge problems in the broad area of health and energy through the use of micro/nano systems technology and multidisciplinary team effort. Particular problems of interest are in microphysiological systems, metastatic cancer analysis, microbes as biorefinary and microbial physiology and functions in infectious disease.