Aug. 31, 2017
A different kind of potato chip was on display when Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson toured NanoFabrication Kingston’s lab in Innovation Park. Professor Richard Oleschuk, one of the lab’s earliest users, was on hand to talk about his research into superhydrophobic surfaces, which he uses to develop digital microfluidic devices. These tiny labs-on-a-chip enable simple and speedy analysis of chemicals and bio-relevant materials using minuscule amounts of sample. One application of this work is his “potato chip,” a digital microfluidic chip that can be used to detect diseases in potatoes.