Dr David Collins

  • Room: Level: 01 Room: 103
  • Building: 203 Bouverie St
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • 3D printing
  • Acoustofluidics
  • Bioprinting
  • Microfluidics
  • Optimization

Personal webpage



David is a Lecturer in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Melbourne. His research interests are in developing systems for advanced bioprinting, using novel micromanipulation methods to span the length scales from the single-cell environment to the macro-scale structure.
David has expertise in integrated actuation methods in microfluidic systems, with applications for pattering and sorting of microspecimens. He is engaged in collaborations across four continents.
Ongoing Research Projects Include:
3D Bioprinting - Engineering the single cell microenvironment
Bioprocess Engineering - High throughput micro-scale separations science
See www.davidjohncollins.com for Dr. Collins' personal webpage

Recent publications

  1. Collins D, O'Rorke R, Neild A, Han J, Ai Y. Acoustic fields and microfluidic patterning around embedded micro-structures subject to surface acoustic waves. Soft Matter. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2019, Vol. 15, Issue 43. DOI: 10.1039/c9sm00946a
  2. Li P, Ma Z, Zhou Y, Collins D, Wang Z, Ai Y. Detachable Acoustophoretic System for Fluorescence-Activated Sorting at the Single-Droplet Level.. Anal Chem. 2019, Vol. 91, Issue 15. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.9b01708
  3. O'Rorke R, Collins D, Ai Y. A rapid and meshless analytical model of acoustofluidic pressure fields for waveguide design. BIOMICROFLUIDICS. American Institute of Physics. 2018, Vol. 12, Issue 2. DOI: 10.1063/1.5021117
  4. Chen C-H, Collins D, Devendran C, Di Carlo D, Herr A, Meagher R, Takeuchi S, White A, Young E, Zhou J. Outstanding Reviewers for Lab on a Chip in 2017. LAB ON A CHIP. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 18, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1039/c8lc90041h
  5. Collins D, O'Rorke R, Devendran C, Ma Z, Han J, Neild A, Ai Y. Self-Aligned Acoustofluidic Particle Focusing and Patterning in Microfluidic Channels from Channel-Based Acoustic Waveguides. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. American Physical Society. 2018, Vol. 120, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.074502
  6. Fakhfouri A, Devendran C, Albrecht T, Collins D, Winkler A, Schmidt H, Neild A. Surface acoustic wave diffraction driven mechanisms in microfluidic systems.. Lab Chip. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2018, Vol. 18, Issue 15. DOI: 10.1039/c8lc00243f
  7. Winkler A, Harazim S, Collins D, Bruenig R, Schmidt H, Menzel SB. Compact SAWaerosol generator. BIOMEDICAL MICRODEVICES. Springer Verlag. 2017, Vol. 19, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1007/s10544-017-0152-9
  8. Collins D, Ma Z, Han J, Ai Y. Continuous micro-vortex-based nanoparticle manipulation via focused surface acoustic waves. LAB ON A CHIP. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1039/c6lc01142j
  9. Ma Z, Zhou Y, Collins D, Ai Y. Fluorescence activated cell sorting via a focused traveling surface acoustic beam. LAB ON A CHIP. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 18. DOI: 10.1039/c7lc00678k
  10. Devendran C, Collins D, Ai Y, Neild A. Huygens-Fresnel Acoustic Interference and the Development of Robust Time-Averaged Patterns from Traveling Surface Acoustic Waves. PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS. American Physical Society. 2017, Vol. 118, Issue 15. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.154501
  11. Collins D, Khoo BL, Ma Z, Winkler A, Weser R, Schmidt H, Han J, Ai Y. Selective particle and cell capture in a continuous flow using micro-vortex acoustic streaming. LAB ON A CHIP. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2017, Vol. 17, Issue 10. DOI: 10.1039/c7lc00215g
  12. Ma Z, Collins D, Ai Y. Single-actuator Bandpass Microparticle Filtration via Traveling Surface Acoustic Waves. COLLOID AND INTERFACE SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS. Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 16. DOI: 10.1016/j.colcom.2016.12.001
  13. Rod J, Collins D, Wessolek D, Illandara T, Ai Y, Lee H, Nanayakkara S. UTAP - Unique Topologies for Acoustic Propagation: Designing Algorithmic Waveguides for Sensing in Interactive Malleable Interfaces. 11th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2017. DOI: 10.1145/3024969.3024987
  14. Collins D, Devendran C, Ma Z, Ng JW, Neild A, Ai Y. Acoustic tweezers via sub-time-of-flight regime surface acoustic waves. SCIENCE ADVANCES. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 2016, Vol. 2, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600089
  15. Devendran C, Gunasekara NR, Collins D, Neild A. Batch process particle separation using surface acoustic waves (SAW): integration of travelling and standing SAW. RSC ADVANCES. Royal Society of Chemistry. 2016, Vol. 6, Issue 7. DOI: 10.1039/c5ra26965b

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