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Orlin Velev

S. Frank and Doris Culberson Distinguished Professor

Engineering Building I (EB1) 2030


Dr. Velev’s research is focused on fundamental and exploratory projects in colloids, microfluidics and nanoscience, with particular emphasis on controlled on-chip assembly of colloidal particles into advanced materials and microscopic functional structures.

Professor Orlin Velev has established a record of innovative interdisciplinary studies, creativity and intellectual leadership in colloid science, nanoscience, and microfluidics. His key contributions are in the area of colloidal assembly. His group advanced the field of directed and programmed colloidal assembly by using electric fields to make structures out of nanoparticles, microspheres, Janus and patchy particles. Velev’s group has also recently discovered and developed new types of self-propelling microdevices, gel-based photovoltaic cells, soft robotic hydrogel actuators and microbot prototypes. His earlier research achievements include the first report of convective assembly of 2D colloidal crystals, the first templated fabrication of “colloidosome” and supraparticle clusters and the synthesis of “inverse opal” structures.

For more information, visit Prof. Velev’s personal academic website


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