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Richard B. Fair

Lord-Chandran Distinguished Professor of Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Box 90291, Durham, NC 27708-0291
3519 Ciemas, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engrg., Durham, NC 27708
Office hours MWF 1:30-3:00pm  

Research Interests


Microfluidic systems for lab-on-a-chip applications based on electrowetting technology

Selected Grants


SHF: Medium: Microbiology on a Programmable Biochip: An Integrated Hardware/Software Digital Microfluidics Platform

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2017 - 2022

Collaborative Research: Development of a Digital Microfluidic Impactor For One Minute Measurements of Main Inorganic Aerosol Species

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2014 - 2018

CPS: Medium :Hardware/Software Co-Design for the Life Sciences: Towards a Programmable and Reconfigurable Lab-on Chip

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2011 - 2017

SAGE: Software Actuated Genome Engineering on a Droplet Transport Platform

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Stanford University · 2012 - 2015

Multidisciplinary Neonatal Training Grant

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2010 - 2015

SHF: Medium: Microbiology on a Programmable Biochip: An Integrated Hardware/Software Digital Microfluidics Platform

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2017 - 2022

Collaborative Research: Development of a Digital Microfluidic Impactor For One Minute Measurements of Main Inorganic Aerosol Species

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2014 - 2018

CPS: Medium :Hardware/Software Co-Design for the Life Sciences: Towards a Programmable and Reconfigurable Lab-on Chip

ResearchCo Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2011 - 2017

SAGE: Software Actuated Genome Engineering on a Droplet Transport Platform

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Stanford University · 2012 - 2015

Multidisciplinary Neonatal Training Grant

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2010 - 2015

Continuous Sequencing-By-Synthesis Based on a Digital Microfluidic Platform

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2007 - 2011

SGER: The initial phase of development of digital microfluidic impactor

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2008 - 2011

Collaborative Research on Electrowetting Microarray Printing System for Bioactive Tissue Construct Manufacturing

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2007 - 2010

Droplet-Based Digital Microfluidic Genome Sequencing

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2005 - 2007

ITR: Collaborative Research: Reconfigurable Architectures for Bio-Molecular Detection: Modeling, Experimentation, and Optimization

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2003 - 2006

Microdroplet-based PCR Platform for High-Throughout Genetic Analysis

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Lord Foundation of North Carolina · 2002 - 2005

Research in the Diffusion of Boron in Ultra Thin Silicon Dioxide Layers

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Lord Foundation of North Carolina · 1997 - 1998

External Relationships


  • Jones Day
  • Sidley and Austin

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