Frank A. Gomez, Ph.D.

Dr. Frank A. Gomez is the inaugural executive director of STEM-NET, the multi-campus affinity group at the CSU Office of the Chancellor. Prior to his appointment, he was Professor of Chemistry at Cal State LA since 1994. He has received over $20 million in research funding and published over 130 technical articles and two books on his research in microfluidics, point-of-care diagnostics, and fuel cells. He has mentored over 130 undergraduate, master's, and high school students and 12 postdoctoral fellows and visiting scientists in his laboratories. He received his bachelor’s in chemistry from Cal State LA and a Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA. Dr. Gomez was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.

Abstract: Use of Simple Materials for Microfluidic Devices

Microfluidic techniques have been incorporated in many fields due to their portability, compatibility, ability to multiplex, speed to analysis, and ability to analyze samples at low expenses. Microfluidic devices (MDs) can reduce time, reagents, and the complexity of previous lab techniques. The use of simple materials (paper, thread and fabric) in MDs has been demonstrated to give promising results in a number of applications due to their small volume requirements, portability, low cost, and technique compatibility. In this presentation, recent work in point-of-care (POC) diagnostics, fuel cells, and batteries is described demonstrating the versatility of MDs fabricated from simple materials and which makes them well suited for resource-limited regions throughout the world.