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Richard B. Fair, Lord-Chandran Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering

Richard B. Fair

Dr. Fair is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society. He has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices (1990-1993) and is past Editor-In-Chief of the Proceedings of the IEEE (1993-2000). He received the IEEE Third Millennium Medal in 2000, and the 2003 Solid State Science and Technology Award from the Electrochemical Society. He has published 150 papers in technical journals, contributed chapters to 10 books, edited eight more books, and given over 115 invited talks. He and his wife Clare especially enjoy Duke basketball and five beautiful grandchildren.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  3519 CIEMAS
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5277
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Teaching (Spring 2015):

    Hudson 201, MWF 10:20 AM-11:10 AM

PhDDuke University1969
MSPennsylvania State University1966
BSDuke University1964

Computer Engineering
Sensing and Sensor Systems
Electronic Devices
Integrated Nanoscale Systems
Medical Diagnostics
Research Interests: Microfluidic devices, semiconductor devices, circuits, and technology

Microfluidic systems for lab-on-a-chip applications based on electrowetting technology. We are primarily focused on applications, such as a chip to detect malaria, a chip to do DNA sequencing by synthesis, a chip for printing artificial tissue constructs and live cells. We also are investigating the scaling of chip dimensions from the microliter and nanoliter volumes down to picoliter volumes. Additional research is underway in semiconductor devices, processes, and modeling.


Semiconductor devices, circuits, and processes • Microfluidic systems • Biomedical applications of lab-on-a-chip

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. R. B. Fair and M. A. Shannon and O. K. Tan and O. Geschke and C. H. Ahn and O. Kaynak and M. J. Vellekoop, Introduction for the special issue on sensors for microfluidic analysis systems, Ieee Sensors Journal, vol. 8 no. 5-6 (2008), pp. 427 -- 429, ISSN 1530-437X
  2. L. Luan and R. D. Evans and N. M. Jokerst and R. B. Fair, Integrated optical sensor in a digital microfluidic platform, Ieee Sensors Journal, vol. 8 no. 5-6 (2008), pp. 628 -- 635, ISSN 1530-437X  [abs]
  3. R. B. Fair, Digital microfluidics: is a true lab-on-a-chip possible?, Microfluidics And Nanofluidics, vol. 3 no. 3 (June, 2007), pp. 245 -- 281, ISSN 1613-4982  [abs]
  4. R.B. Fair, Digital Microfluidics: is a true lab-on-a-chip possible?, J. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, vol. 3 no. 3 (2007), pp. 245-281  [abs]
  5. R.B. Fair, A. Khylstov, T.D. Tailor, V. Ivanov, R.D. Evans, V.Srinivasan, V.K. Pamula, M.G. Pollack, P.B. Griffin, J. Zhou, Chemical and Biological Applications of Digital Microfluidic Devices, IEEE Design and Test of Computers, vol. 25 (2007), pp. 211-223  [abs]

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