Dr. Scott Tsai obtained his mechanical engineering B.A.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto in 2007. His engineering sciences S.M. and Ph.D. degrees were both awarded from Harvard University, in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Dr. Tsai also spent five months as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto prior to joining Ryerson University in December 2012.
Dr. Tsai’s laboratory is engineering small devices and smart materials to solve problems in biotechnology. His research often features microfluidic platforms—systems of microchannels where the physics of fluid flow are dominated by viscosity and surface tension—with electromagnetic fields to manipulate the movement of objects inside the microchannels. Dr. Tsai applies these small-scale fluidic systems to, for example, coat microscopic particles, with the eventual goal of coating single cells with thin layers of polymers.
As a graduate student, Dr. Tsai was awarded a two-year Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard University. He also received a Mathematical Institute Visitorship to spend one month at the University of Oxford. More recently, he received an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship to support his postdoctoral research at the University of Toronto.
Viscous flow fluid mechanics
Magnetophoresis and electrophoresis
Particle self assembly
Lab on a chip devices
ME8150 - Introduction to Microfluidics
MEC511 - Thermodynamics and Fluids
MEC323 - Statics and Mechanics of Materials
Member, Professional Engineers Ontario
Member, Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering
Member, American Physical Society