Richard B. Fair, Lord-Chandran Professor


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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PhD, Duke University, 1969
MS, Pennsylvania State University, 1966
BS, Duke University, 1964
Curriculum Vitae
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 that extracts, purifies and amplifies the nucleic acid of sparse pathogens in blood for diagnosing sepsis, a chip to perform DNA sequencing by synthesis, a chip for editing the genomes of cells by transfecting synthetic DNA into the cells, and a chip for collecting and analyzing inorganic particles in air.


Computer Engineering
Sensing and Sensor Systems
Electronic Devices
Integrated Nanoscale Systems
Medical Diagnostics
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Fellow, Electrochemical Society
Fellow, IEEE
James F. Gibbons Achievement Award, Advanced Thermal Processing, 1996
Outstanding Young Electrical Engineers of the Year Award, National Award from Eta Kappa Nu, 1979
Solid State Science and Technology Award, Electrochemical Society, 2003
Third Millennium Medal, IEEE, 2000
Top Five Coolest Talks Award, Materials Research Society, 2007
Teaching (Fall 2024):

    Hudson 222, MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM
    Hudson 224, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
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 .
  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  [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  [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].

Richard Fair received his Ph.D. degree from Duke University in 1969. His research interests have been in semiconductor devices and processes, and he started the field of Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD)with his early work in process modeling and simulation at Bell Labs. His research areas now focus on microfluidic systems with biomedical applications.