A bioreactor with an open pond like this one, which uses photosynthesis to make fuels, could be improved with the use of optofluidic technologies. Sept. 12, 2011: The ability to manipulate light and fluids on a single chip, broadly called “optofluidics,” has led to such technologies as liquid-crystal displays and liquid-filled optical fibers for fast data transfer. David Erickson, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science Member, details the inherent challenges of upscaling optofluidic chips to deliver enough energy to make a difference, in a Nature Photonics Review article published online Sept. 11. Cornell Chronicle 9/12/11.

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