Dr Craig Priest – Microfluidics and Interfacial Chemistry
Research Fellow, Ian Wark Research Institute, University of South Australia.
Craig researches the way liquids spread over or stick to surfaces, much like what happens when writing with a pen, painting a wall or using non-stick cookware. He controls whether liquids stay on or run off a surface by using microscopic bumps, grooves and coatings which often imitate those found in the natural world, for example on the surfaces of leaves. Craig uses this ability to control microscopic droplets and streams of liquid to perform chemical and biological reactions in small devices to make detection of diseases or chemical hazards faster, safer and more efficient.