Dr. Mina Hoorfar

Educational Background

PhD - Mechanical Engineering (University of Toronto)
MASc - Mechanical Engineering (University of Toronto)
BASc - Mechanical Engineering (University of Tehran)

General Background

Dr. Hoorfar is a Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the head of the Advanced Thermo-Fluidic Laboratory (AFTL) with diverse research programs providing ample opportunities for the students to work in multidisciplinary areas that straddle concepts of fluid mechanics, physical chemistry (liquid-surface interactions), biochemistry (cell deformation and separation), electrochemistry (fuel cells), advanced imaging (microCT), computational modeling, and fabrication of microstructures. Since its establishment, ATFL has been involved in the implementation of its vast expertise into different applications ranging from renewable energy to sensors and biosensors for human health and environmental monitoring. Dr. Hoorfar’s research in the renewable energy initiated from her expertise obtained during her PDF at CWRU. They have recently applied their expertise to the development of a novel microbial fuel cell for both treatment and energy production from wastewater in remote areas. After joining UBC, Dr. Hoorfar with collaboration with other faculty members established a microfluidics group with interests in the development of portable devices for biomedical applications ranging from DNA purification from saliva, acetone detection from the exhale breath of a diabetes patient, circulating tumor cells detection from the blood of a metastatic patient, and cell patterning on the digital microfluidic platforms for tissue engineering. Another aspect of Dr. Hoorfar’s research endeavors involves the design and fabrication of biosensors and nano-biosensors to achieve low detection limits required for environmental and agricultural applications. She has filed a patent in this area for the detection of pathogen in drinking water.

In 2016, Dr. Hoorfar accepted the position of Director of the School of Engineering.

 

Teaching Interests

Teaching Interests

Heat Transfer

Dynamics

Applied Surface Thermodynamics

Microfluidics

Fuel Cells

Research Interests

Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells

Microfluidic Fuel Cells

Digital Microfluidics

Real-time Water Quality Monitoring

In Vitro Red Wine Characterization through Interfacial Property Measurement

Publications

Journal

[1]           S. M. Rezaei Niya, R. K. Phillips, M. Hoorfar, “Estimation of Leakage Current in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells”, ECS Transactions (Accepted August 2014).

[2]           S. Odaya, R. K. Phillips, Y. Sharma, J. Bellerive, A.B. Phillion, M. Hoorfar “X-ray tomographic analysis of porosity distributions in GDLs”, Electrochimica Acta, (Accepted August 2014).

[3]           H. Rezaei Nejad, M. Hoorfar, “Purification of a droplet using negative dielectrophoresis trap”, Microfluidics Nanofluidics, DOI: 10.1007/s10404-014-1446-3.

[4]           S. H. Tahseen, M. Hoorfar, “Effect of gas diffusion layer properties on breakthrough time and pressure”, Transport in Porous Media, DOI: 10.1007/s11242-014-0357-9.

[5]           S. M. Rezaei Niya, P. R, Barry, M. Hoorfar, “Study of crossover and depletion effects in laminar flow-based fuel cells”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39,12112–12119, 2014.

[6]           M. Shahraeeni, M. Hoorfar, “Pore-network modeling of liquid water in gas diffusion layers”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39, 10697– 10709, 2014.

[7]           S. M. Rezaei Niya, M. Hoorfar, “Sensitivity analysis of impedance characteristics of a laminar flow- based fuel cell”, ECS Transactions, 58, 49–58, 2014.

[8]           S. M. Rezaei Niya, M. Hoorfar, “ Process modeling of the ohmic loss in proton exchange membrane fuel cells”, Electrochimica Acta, 120, 193–203, 2014.

[9]           M. H. Banna, S. A. Imran, H. Najjaran, R. Sadiq, M. Hoorfar, “Miniaturized water quality monitoring pH and conductivity”, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 193, 434–441, 2014.

[10]       E. Aghaarabi, F. Aminravan, R. Sadiq, M. Hoorfar, and H. Najjaran. "Comparative study of fuzzy evidential reasoning and fuzzy rule-based approaches", Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment, 28, 655-679, 2014.

[11]       M. S. Islam, R. Sadiq, H. Najjaran, M. Hoorfar, "Reliability assessment for water supply systems", ASCE J. Water Resource, Planning and Management, 140, 468-479, 2014.

[12]       M. S. Islam, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, H. Najjaran, A. Francisque, M. Hoorfar, "Water distribution system failure", J. Environment, Systems and Decisions, 34, 168-179, 2014.

[13]       M. H. Banna, S. A. Imran, A. Francisque, H. Najjaran, R. Sadiq, M. Hoorfar, "Online drinking water quality monitoring", Critical Reviews in Envir. Sci. & Tech., 44(12), 1370-1421.

[14]       H. Rezaei Nejad, O. Z. Chowdhury, M. D. Buat, M. Hoorfar, "Characterization of the geometry of nDEP traps for particle immobilization", Lab Chip, 13, 1823-1830, 2013.

[15]       S. M. Rezaei Niya, M. Hoorfar, "Study of proton exchange membrane fuel cells using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) - A Review", Journal of Power Sources, 240, 281-293, 2013.

[16]       M. S. Islam, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, H. Najjaran, A. Francisque, M. Hoorfar, "Evaluating water quality failure potential in water distribution systems: a fuzzy-TOPSIS-OWA-based methodology", Water Resources Management, 27, 2195-2216, 2013.

[17]       M. Shahraeeni, M. Hoorfar, "Experimental and numerical comparison of water transport in untreated treated gas diffusion layers of PEM fuel cells", J. Power Sources, 238, 29-47, 2013.

[18]       A. Ahmadi, M. D. Buat, M. Hoorfar, "Microdroplet evaporation in closed digital microfluidic biochips", J. Micromech. Microeng., 23, 5001- 5008, 2013.

[19]       A. Lee, A. Francisque, H. Najjaran, M. J. Rodriguez, M. Hoorfar, S. A. Imran, R. Sadiq, "Online monitoring of drinking water quality in a distribution network", Int. J. Syst. Assur. Eng. Manag., DOI 10.1007/s13198-012-0133-6.

[20]       M. S. Islam, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, A. Francisque, H. Najjaran, M. Hoorfar, "Evaluating Leakage Potential in Water Distribution Systems", J. Water Supply, 61, 240-252, 2012.

[21]       B.R. Friess, M. Hoorfar "Development of a Novel Radial Cathode Flow Field for PEMFC", International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 37 (9), 7719-7729, 2012.

[22]       S. Jomeh, M. Hoorfar "Study of the effect of electric field and electroneutrality on transport of biomolecules in microreactors", Microfluidics Nanofluidics, 12, 279-294, 2012.

[23]       A. Ahmadi, K. D. Devlin, M. Hoorfar "Study of the Microdroplet Actuation in Electrocapillary-Based Digital Microfluidic Biochips", Microfluidics Nanofluidics, 12 (1), 295-305, 2012.

[24]       A. Ahmadi, M. D. Buat, M. Hoorfar "Numerical Study of the Evaporation Effects on the Microdroplet Dynamics in DM Biochips", J. Mech. Eng. Auto., 1, 401-407, 2011.

[25]       F. Aminravan, R. Sadiq, M. Hoorfar, M. J. Rodriguez, A. Francisque, H. Najjaran, "Evidential Reasoning using Extended Fuzzy Theory", Inter. J. Intelligent Systems, 26, 731-758, 2011.

[26]       M. S. Islam, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, A. Francisque, H. Najjaran, M. Hoorfar, "Real-time Leakage Detection and Diagnosis in Water Distribution System using a Fuzzy-Based Methodology", Urban Water Journal, 8(6), 351-365, 2011.

[27]       M. Shahraeeni, M. Hoorfar, "Effect of gas diffusion layer properties on the time of breakthrough", Journal of Power Sources, 196 (14), 5918-5921, 2011.

[28]       B.R. Friess, M. Hoorfar "Measurement of average contact angles of gas diffusion layers using a novel fluorescence microscopy method", J. of Fuel Cell Sci. Tech., 8, 021006-021011, 2011.

[29]       A. Ahmadi, J. F. Holzman, H. Najjaran, and M. Hoorfar, "Electrohydrodynamic of microdroplet dynamics in microfluidic devices," Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 10, 1019-1032, 2011.

[30]       S. Jomeh, M. Hoorfar "Numerical modeling of mass transport in microfluidic capturing devices equipped with reactive surfaces, Chem. Engineering Journal, 165, 668-677, 2010.

[31]       A. Ebrahimi Khabbazi, A. J. Richards, M. Hoorfar "Numerical study of the effect of the channel geometry on the performance of fuel cells", J. Power Sources, 195 (24), 8141-8151, 2010.

[32]       A. Ahmadi, K. D. Devlin, H. Najjaran, J. F. Holzman, M. Hoorfar "In-situ characterization of microdroplet properties in digital microfluidic systems", Lab Chip, 10, 1429-1435, 2010.

[33]       B.R. Friess, M. Hoorfar, "Measurement of internal wettability of gas diffusion porous media of PEM fuel cells", J. Power Sources, 195, 4736-4742, 2010.

[34]       A. Ahmadi, H. Najjaran, J. F. Holzman, and M. Hoorfar "Two-dimensional flow dynamics in digital microfluidic systems," J. Micromech. Microeng., 19, 5003-5009, 2009.

[35]       J. Nichols, A. Ahmadi, M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, and J. F. Holzman, "In-situ digital microfluidic conductance sampling," Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 152, 13-20, 2009.

[36]       M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran and W. L. Cleghorn, “Demonstration of disc cam mechanisms for mechanical engineering education”, The International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 32(2), 166–180, 2007.

[37]       M. Hoorfar, and A.W. Neumann, “Recent progress in Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis (ADSA)”, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 121, 25-49, 2006.

[38]       M. Hoorfar, M. A. Kurz, Z. Policova, M. L. Hair, and A.W. Neumann, “Do polysaccharides such as dextran and their monomers really increase the surface tension of water?”, Langmuir, 22, 52-56, 2006.

[39]       M. Hoorfar, M. A. Kurz, and A. W. Neumann, “Evaluation of the surface tension measurement of Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis (ADSA) using a shape parameter”, Colloids Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 260, 277-285, 2005

[40]       M. Hoorfar, A. Amirfazli, J. A. Gaydos, and A. W. Neumann, “The effect of line tension on the shape of liquid menisci near stripwise heterogeneous walls”, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 114-115, 103-118, 2005.

[41]       M. Hoorfar, and A. W. Neumann, “Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis (ADSA) for measuring surface tension and contact angle”, Journal of Adhesion, 80 (8), 727-743, 2004.

[42]       L. M. Y. Yu, J. J. Lu, Y. W. Chan, A. Ng, L. Zhang, M. Hoorfar, Z. Policova, K. Grundke, and A. W. Neumann, “The constrained sessile drop as a new configuration to measure low surface tension in lung surfactant systems”, Journal of Applied Physiology, 97, 704-715, 2004.

[43]       Y. Y. Zuo, M. Ding, A. Bateni, M. Hoorfar, A. W. Neumann, “ Improvement of interfacial tension measurement using a captive bubble in conjunction with Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis (ADSA)”, Colloids Surfaces A: Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 250, 233-246, 2004.

[44]       M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, and W. L. Cleghorn, “Visual aid depicting mechanical vibrating systems to enhance student learning”, The International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 31(1), 86-92, 2003.

[45]       M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, and W. L. Cleghorn, “Simulation and animation of mechanical systems to enhance student learning”, Computers in Education Journal, XIII (1), 39-44, 2003.

Refereed Conference Proceedings

[1]           H. Rezaei Nejad, E. Samiei, A. Ahmadi, M. Hoorfar, "Particle separation using sweeping method in DMF platforms", Accepted for MicroTAS 2014.

[2]           R. K. Phillips, M. Hoorfar, “Development of a micro proton exchange membrane fuel cell”, ASME-ICNMM, Chicago, August 2014.

[3]           M. Paknahad, V. Ghafarinia, M. Hoorfar, “Sensitivity analysis of ambient fluctuations on output response of a microfluidic-based gas analyzer”, ASME-ICNMM 2014, Chicago, August 2014.

[4]           E. Samiei, H. Rezaei Nejad, M. Hoorfar, "Effect of electrode geometry on droplet splitting in digital microfluidic platforms", ASME-ICNMM, Chicago, USA, August, 2014.

[5]           R. K. Phillips, M. Hoorfar, “Development of a micro proton exchange membrane fuel cell”, ICNMM, Chicago, USA, August 2014.

[6]           R. K. Phillips, S. M. Rezaei Niya, M. Hoorfar, “Design of experiment for testing the effect of temperature and humidity on PEM fuel cell performance”, ASME, Boston, USA, July 2014.

[7]           R. K. Phillips, M. R. Niya, M. Hoorfar, “Characterization of the porous transport layer”, ECS, Orlando, Florida, USA, May 2014.

[8]           S. M. Rezaei Niya, R. K. Phillips, M. Hoorfar, “Estimation of leakage current in proton exchange membrane fuel cells”, ECS, Orlando, Florida, USA, May 2014.

[9]           S. Odaya, R. K. Phillips, A. Phillion, M. Hoorfar, “Characterization of microporous layer of gas diffusion layer via X-ray tomographic microscopy”, ECS, Orlando, Florida, USA, May 2014.

[10]       H. Rezaei Nejad, E. Samiei, M. Hoorfar, “Droplet Dispensing From Open to Close Digital Microfluidics”, Microtech 2014, Washington DC, USA, June 2014. 

[11]       H. Rezaei Nejad, M. Paknahad, M. Hoorfar, “Droplet actuation on a digital microfluidic chip using a portable DC voltage source”, Microtech 2014, Washington DC, USA, June 2014.

[12]       H. Rezaei Nejad, M. Paknahad, M. Hoorfar, “Indirect Pumping of a Droplet in a Microfluidic Channel on a DMF Platform”, Microtech 2014, Washington DC, USA, June 2014.

[13]       M. H. Banna, H. Najjaran, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, M. Hoorfar, “Fabrication of a miniaturised water quality monitoring pH and conductivity sensors”, TechConnect, Washington, DC, June 2014.

[14]       S. M. Rezaei Niya, M. Hoorfar, ‘Simplification of Butler-Volmer equation for proton exchange membrane fuel cell electrodes’, CSME international congress, Toronto, Canada, June 2014,

[15]       S. M. Rezaei Niya, M. Hoorfar, “Determination of activation losses in proton exchange membrane fuel cells”, ASME ESFuelCell2014, Boston, USA, June 2014.

[16]       R. K. Philips, S. M. Rezaei Niya, M. Hoorfar, “Design of experiment for testing the effect of temperature and humidity on fuel cell performance”, ASME ESFuelCell2014, Boston, June 2014.

[17]       E. Samiei, M. Hoorfar, “Modifying electrode geometry for unequal droplet splitting in digital microfluidics”, 2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, San Diego, USA, November 2013.

[18]       S. M. Rezaei Niya, P. D. Barry, Hoorfar, “Sensitivity analysis of impedance characteristics of a microfluidic fuel cell”, 224th Electrochemical Society, San Francisco, CA, USA, October 2013.

[19]       R. Phillips, M. Hoorfar, “Study of the effect of gas diffusion layer compression on fuel cell performance”, 11th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, ESFuelCell2013, Minneapolis, MN, USA, July 2013.

[20]       S. M. Rezaei Niya, Hoorfar, “Impedance characteristics of the membrane of proton exchange membrane fuel cells”, 11th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, ESFuelCell2013, Minneapolis, MN, USA, July 2013.

[21]       O. Z. Chowdhury, H. Rezaei Nejad, M. Hoorfar, “Characterization of negative dielectrophoretic traps for particle immobilization in digital microfluidics”, ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division, Incline Village, Nevada, USA, July 2013.

[22]       M. H. Banna, H. Najjaran, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, S. A. Imran, M. Hoorfar, “Fabrication and testing of a miniaturized water quality monitoring pH and conductivity sensors”, ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division, Incline Village, Nevada, USA, July 2013.

[23]       T. Rahman, H. Najjaran, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, M. Hoorfar, “Experimental study of particle manipulation and capture using dielectrophoresis in a microfluidic flow chamber”, ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division, Incline Village, Nevada, USA, July 2013.

[24]       E. Aghaarabi, F. Aminravan, R. Sadiq, M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, and M. J. Rodriguez. "A fuzzy rule-based approach for water quality assessment in the distribution network." In IFSA World Congress and NAFIPS Annual Meeting (IFSA/NAFIPS), 1149-1154, IEEE, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, June 2013.

[25]       R. Phillips, M. Hoorfar, “Experimental study of mass transport characteristics using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy”, Accepted for Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2013: International Conference and Exhibition, Vancouver, June 2013.

[26]       S. H. Tahseen, S. C. Yew, Mina Hoorfar, “Experimental measurement of oxygen diffusivity in gas diffusion layers (GDL) of fuel cells”, Accepted for Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2013: International Conference and Exhibition, Vancouver, June 2013.

[27]       E. Samiei, M. Hoorfar, “Experimental investigation of the possibility of transporting a droplet over a hydrophilic spot in digital microfluidics”, Accepted for 2013 Nanotech Conference & Expo, Trade Show, Washington, DC, USA, May 2013.

[28]       A. Lee, A. Francisque, M. J. Rodriguez, M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, S. A. Imran, R. Sadiq, “ Online monitoring of drinking water quality in a distribution network: a selection procedure for suitable water quality parameters and sensor devices”, 15th Canadian National Drinking Water Conference, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, Kelowna BC, October 2012.

[29]       F. Aminravan, R. Sadiq, M. Hoorfar, M. J. Rodriguez, H. Najjaran, “A fuzzy evidential belief-rule-based framework for multicriteria information fusion,” IEEE Int. Conf. on Systems Man and Cybernetics (SMC) October, Seoul, 2012.

[30]       O. Z. Chowdhury, M. D. Buat, M. Hoorfar, “Control and optimization of biomolecular adsorption in Digital Microfluidic devices”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Puerto Rico USA, June 2012.

[31]       M. Shahraeeni, S. H. Tahseen, S. C. Yew, and M. Hoorfar, “Accurate measurement of capillary pressure-saturation correlation for gas diffusion layers”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Puerto Rico USA, June 2012.

[32]       M. Shahraeeni, and M. Hoorfar, “A pore-network model for capillary-driven flows inside porous media”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Puerto Rico USA, June 2012.

[33]       S. Jomeh, M. Hoorfar, “Numerical simulation of the adhesion of a moving biological cell on a reactive substrate in a rectangular microchannel”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Puerto Rico USA, June 2012.

[34]       S. H. Tahseen, A. S. Milani, M. Hoorfar, “Sensitivity analysis of mass transport properties of gas diffusion layers of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Puerto Rico USA, June 2012.

[35]       S. C. Yew, M. Hoorfar, “Active water/gas management in a parallel architecture PEM fuel cell stack, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Puerto Rico USA, June 2012.

[36]       M. D. Buat, A. Ahmadi, M. Hoorfar, “In-situ sample preparation for digital microfluidic-based proteomics analyses”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Puerto Rico USA, June 2012.

[37]       M. H. Banna, H. Najjaran, R. Sadiq, S. A. Imran, M.  J. Rodriguez, M. Hoorfar, “Design and fabrication of a constant pressure and constant flow system for miniaturised water quality monitoring sensors”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Puerto Rico USA, June 2012.

[38]       M. Shahraeeni, M. Hoorfar, “Development of an engineered gas diffusion layer for the enhancement of Enhancement of water management in PEM fuel cells”, 10th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, San Diego, USA, July 2012.

[39]       S. M. Rezaei Niya, M. Hoorfar, “Temperature sensitivity analysis of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results in high temperature PEM fuel cells”, 10th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, San Diego, USA, July 2012.

[40]       S. H. Tahseen, M. Shahraeeni, S. C. Yew, M. Hoorfar, “Measurement of liquid water content inside the gas diffusion layer after the time of breakthrough”, 10th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, San Diego, USA, July 2012.

[41]       P. Barry, M. Hoorfar, “Effect of upstream cell performance on downstream cell performance in a laminar flow fuel cell stack”, 10th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, San Diego, USA, July 2012.

[42]       B. R. Friess, M. Hoorfar, “Development of radial flow field for improved water and gas management in PEMFC”, 10th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, San Diego, USA, July 2012.

[43]       S. C. Yew, M. Hoorfar, “The effect of flow field geometry on the PEM fuel cell performance”, 10th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, San Diego, USA, July 2012.

[44]       M. Shahraeeni, and M. Hoorfar, “Simulation of fluid flow in the gas diffusion layer of PEM fuel cell”, World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC), Toronto, Ontario, June 2012.

[45]       S. C. Yew, and M. Hoorfar, “Development of hydrophilic metal foams in flow field geometry”, World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC), Toronto, Ontario, June 2012.

[46]       R. Phillips, B. R. Friess, J. Bellerive, M. Hoorfar, “Experimental study of the effect of wettability of gas diffusion layers on proton exchange membrane fuel cell performance”, World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC), Toronto, Ontario, June 2012.

[47]       M. Hoorfar, A. Ahmadi, “Dynamics of evaporating microdroplets in digital microfluidic biochips”, 23rd Canadian Congress of Applied Mechanics, 2011, Vancouver, BC, June 2011. (Invited Speaker).

[48]       M. S. Islam, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, A. Francisque, H. Najjaran, H., and M. Hoorfar, “Leakage forensic analysis for water distribution systems: a fuzzy-based methodology”, 20th Canadian Hydrotechnical Conference, Ottawa, Canada, June 2011.

[49]       F. Aminravan, M. Hoorfar, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, A. Francisque, and H. Najjaran, “Evidential reasoning using the fuzzy extension of Dempster-Shafer theory: application to the quality assessment of drinking water”, General CSCE Conference, Ottawa, Canada, June 2011.

[50]       B. R. Friess, S. Yew, M. Hoorfar, “Effect of the hydrophilic compact-aluminum-foam-filled flow channel on water removal from the cathode catalyst layer”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Edmonton, Alberta, June 2011.

[51]       M. H. Banna, A. K. M. Sadrul Islam, A.S. Milani, Mina Hoorfar, “Analysis of energy and exergy for mixed convection flow in microstructure filled vented enclosures”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Edmonton, Alberta, 2011.

[52]       S. Jomeh, M. Hoorfar, “Study of the effect of electrophoresis on transport of biomolecules in microreactors”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Edmonton, Alberta, June 2011.

[53]       A. Ahmadi, M. Hoorfar, “Investigation of the effects of microdroplet evaporation on the performance of the digital microfluidic systems”, International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Edmonton, Alberta, June 2011.

[54]       B. R. Friess, S. C. Yew, M. Hoorfar, “Effect of hydrophilic non-woven wicking polymer on water removal from flow channel”, 9th Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Washington, August 2011.

[55]       F. Aminravan, M. Hoorfar, R. Sadiq, M. J. Rodriguez, A. Francisque, H. Najjaran, “Interval belief structure rule-based system using extended fuzzy Dempster-Shafer inference”, IEEE SMC 2011, Alaska, USA, October 2011.

[56]       B. R. Friess, M. Hoorfar, “Fluorescence microscopy for the measurement of the surface properties of the gas diffusion layers of fuel cells”, ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Vancouver, Canada, November 2010.

[57]       M. Shahraeeni, M. Hoorfar, “Numerical investigation of fluid flow inside the porous medium of GDL,” International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Montreal, Canada, August 2010.

[58]       A. Ebrahimi Khabbazi, M. Hoorfar, “Numerical analysis of the effect of different channel geometries and electrode materials on the performance of microfluidic fuel cells,” International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Montreal, Canada, August 2010.

[59]       S. Jomeh, M. Hoorfar, “Comparison of microorganism capture efficiency of different flow cells designed for water quality monitoring,” International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Montreal, Canada, August 2010.

[60]       A. Ahmadi, J. F. Holzman, H. Najjaran, and M. Hoorfar, “Numerical multiphysics modeling of microdroplet motion dynamics in digital microfluidic systems,” International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Montreal, Canada, August 2010.

[61]       M. Abolhasani, K. D. Devlin, H. Najjaran, M. Hoorfar and J. F. Holzman, “Nonlinear localization for electrowetting-based digital microfluidic actuation,” 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Montreal, Canada, August 2010.

[62]       M. Shahraeeni, M. Hoorfar, “Analysis of water agglomeration inside the GDL using a pore-network model”, the ASME 2010 8th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Brooklyn, New York, June 2010.

[63]       A. Ebrahimi Khabbazi, M. Hoorfar, “Modeling of microfluidic fuel cells with flow-through porous electrodes”, the ASME 2010 8th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Brooklyn, New York, June 2010.

[64]       M. Shahraeeni, M. Hoorfar, “Effect of PTFE loafing on the performance of the GDL in water removal”, the ASME 2010 8th International Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology Conference, Brooklyn, New York, June 2010.

[65]       A. Ahmadi, K. D. Devlin, H. Najjaran, J.F. Holzman, M. Hoorfar, “Biomolecular adsorption phenomena in electrowetting-based digital microfluidic devices,” Annual NSTI Nanotech 2010, Anaheim, USA, June 2010.

[66]       M. Abolhasani, K. D. Devlin, H. Najjaran, M. Hoorfar and J. F. Holzman, “Multiplexed localization in bilayer digital microfluidic systems,” Microtech Conference and Exposition, Anaheim, USA, June 2010.

[67]       M. Abolhasani, K. D. Devlin, H. Najjaran, M. Hoorfar and J. F. Holzman, “Enhanced addressability in digital microfluidic multiplexer systems by threshold-based voltage actuation and bi-polar voltage activation,” CSME Conference, Victoria, Canada, June 2010.

[68]       S. Jomeh, M. Hoorfar, “Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics simulation of cell adhesion on a reactive substrate in a rectangular microchannel,” CFD Society of Canada 18th annual Conference, London, Canada, May 2010.

[69]       K. D. Devlin, A. Ahmadi, H. Najjaran, J. F. Holzman, M. Hoorfar, “Dynamic sampling in digital microfluidic devices,” Proceedings of the 2010 SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference, Orlando, USA, April 2010.

[70]       M. Shahraeeni, and M. Hoorfar, “A pore network model for gas diffusion layers of PEM fuel cell”, 3nd European Fuel Cell Technology and Applications, Rome, Italy, 2009.

[71]       A. Ebrahimi Khabbazi, A. J. Richards, and M. Hoorfar, “Numerical analysis of microfluidic fuel cell”, 3nd European Fuel Cell Technology and Applications, Rome, Italy, 2009.

[72]       B. R. Friess, and M. Hoorfar, “Characterization of internal properties of gas diffusion layers (GDLs)”, 3nd European Fuel Cell Technology and Applications, Rome, Italy, 2009.

[73]       M. Shahraeeni, and M. Hoorfar, “Improvement of water management in PEM fuel cells”, 2009 NHA Hydrogen Conference and Expo, South Carolina, USA, 2009.

[74]       A. Ebrahimi Khabbazi, A. J. Richards, and M. Hoorfar, “Study of the effect of electrode geometries on microfluidic fuel cell performance”, COMSOL Conference 2009, Boston, USA.

[75]       A. Ahmadi, H. Najjaran, and J. F. Holzman, and M. Hoorfar, “Determination of droplet shape in digital microfluidic systems using two-dimensional flow analysis,” Proceedings 12th Annual NSTI Nanotech 2009 Conference, Houston, USA, 2009.

[76]       A. Ahmadi, J. Nichols, M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, and J. F. Holzman, “Digital implementations for integrated microfluidic sensing,” Proceedings of the 2009 SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference, Orlando, USA, 2009.

[77]       R. L’Orsa, B. Bhattacharjee, M. Hoorfar, J. F. Holzman, and H. Najjaran, “Detailed droplet routing and complexity characterization on a microfluidic biochip,” Proceedings of the 2009 SPIE Defense, Security and Sensing Conference, Orlando, USA, 2009.

[78]       B. R. Friess, M. Shahraeeni, and M. Hoorfar, “Water management in PEM fuel cells”, 2008 AIChE Conference, Philadelphia, US, November 2008.

[79]       A. Ahmadi, H. Najjaran, J. F. Holzman, M. Hoorfar, “Numerical modeling of microdrop motion in a digital microfluidic multiplexer,” Proceedings of the 11th Annual NSTI Nanotech, Boston, USA, 2008.

[80]       J. Nichols, M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, and J. F. Holzman, "Micro-drop actuation using multiplexer structures," Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels and Minichannels, Darmstadt, Germany, 2008.

[81]       A. Ahmadi, H. Najjaran, J. F. Holzman, and M. Hoorfar, “Numerical modeling of microdrop motion in a digital microfluidic multiplexer,” Proc. of the Nano Science & Technology Institute (NSTI) Nanotech 2008, Boston, USA, 2008.

[82]       M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, W. L. Cleghorn, “Preventing undercutting in design of disc cam and follower mechanisms,” Proceedings of 115th ASEE Annual Conf. & Expo., Pittsburg, USA, 2008.

[83]       W. W Melek, M. Hoorfar and H. Najjaran, “A Neurofuzzy based expert system for disease diagnosis”, IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics. Hawaii, USA 2005. 

[84]       H. Najjaran, W. W Melek and M. Hoorfar. “Online Map Building for Terrain Scanning Robots”, IEEE Annual Meeting of the North American Fuzzy Information Systems (NAFIPS04), Banff, Canada, 2004.

[85]       M. Hoorfar, “Contact angle and surface tension measurement using Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis (ADSA)”, Proceedings of the 27th Annual Meeting of The Adhesion Society, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA, 2004 (invited).

[86]       M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran and W. L. Cleghorn, “Simulation and animation of mechanical systems”, Proceedings of the 2002 American Society for Engineering Education, Montreal, Canada, 2002.

Non-Refereed Conference Presentations

[1]           A. Ahmadi, M. Hoorfar, “Effects of microdroplet interfacial properties on the performance of digital microfluidic biochips”, 241st ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, Symposium in Memory of Bob Good, Anaheim, California, 2011.

[2]           S. C. Yew, B. R. Friess, W. Fry, Mina Hoorfar, “Use of magnetic platinum particles as recyclable catalysts in fuel cells”, Hydrogen + Fuel Cells 2011: International Conference and Exhibition, Vancouver, 2011.

[3]           S. Jomeh, M. Hoorfar. “Comparison of pathogen capture efficiency of different innovative flow cells designed for water quality monitoring,” ACE10 (American Conference & Exposition), American Water Work Association (AWWA), Chicago, USA, June 2010.

[4]           A. Ebrahimi Khabbazi, and M. Hoorfar, “Improvement of Laminar Flow-Based Microfluidic Fuel Cell Performance”, 4th Annual UNBC Graduate Conference, March 2009.

[5]           M. Hoorfar, “Measurement of the Wettability Gas Diffusion Layers (GDLs)”, Electrochemical Society-Canadian Section, Vancouver, August 2007.

[6]           M. G. Cabezas, M. Hoorfar, H. Tavana and A. W. Neumann, “Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis (ADSA) for the Determination of Contact Angle”, 10th International Symposium on Particles on Surfaces: Detection, Adhesion and Removal, University of Toronto, Toronto, June 2006.

[7]           M. G. Cabezas, M. Hoorfar, H. Tavana and A. W. Neumann, “Contact Angle Measurements”, 5th International Symposium on Contact Angle, Wettability and Adhesion, University of Toronto, Toronto, June 2006.

[8]           M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, V. Gurau and J. A. Mann, “Measurement of surface properties of gas diffusion layers (GDLs)”, 80th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Boulder, CO, June 2006.

[9]           M. Hoorfar, M. A. Kurz, Z. Policova, M. L. Hair, A. W. Neumann, J. A. Mann, “Surface properties of sugar solutions”, 80th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, June 2006.

[10]       M. Hoorfar, M.A. Kurz, Z. Policova, M. L. Hair, and A.W. Neumann, “Study the Effect of Depletion for Sugar Solutions”, 798th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Clarkson University and Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), Potsdam, NY, June 2005.

[11]       R. Gitiafroz, Z. Policova, M. Hoorfar, J. J. Lu, and A. W. Neumann,” Study of Surface Tension of Lung Surfactant at High Concentrations using a Constrained Sessile Drop Technique”, 78th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, June 2004.

[12]       Y.Y. Zuo, M. Ding, A. Batenia, M. Hoorfar, A.W. Neumann, “Further Development of Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis – Captive Bubble”, 78th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, June 2004.

[13]       M. Hoorfar, and A.W. Neumann, “Enhancement of Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis (ADSA): Software”, 78th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, June 2004.

[14]       M. Hoorfar, A. Amirfazli, J. A. Gaydos, and A. W. Neumann, “The Effect of Line Tension on the Shape of Liquid Menisci near Stripwise Heterogeneous Walls”, 77th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2003.

[15]       Y.Y. Zuo, J.J. Lu, M. Hoorfar, L. Zhang, Z. Policova, D. Li, and A. W. Neumann, “The Effect of Pulmonary Surfactant and a Nonionic Polymer on Oxygen Transfer”, 77th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2003.

[16]       L.M.Y. Yu, J.J. Lu, M. Hoorfar, Z. Policova, L. Zhang, K. Grundke, and A. W. Neumann, “The Constrained Sessile Drop as a New Methodology to Measure Low Surface Tension in Lung Surfactant Systems”, 77th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, June 2003.

[17]       M. Hoorfar, H. H. W. Ng, L. M. Y. Yu, Z. Policova, and A. W. Neumann, “Negative Surface Pressure in Dextrose Solutions”, 76th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, June 2002.

[18]       M. Hoorfar, H. H. W. Ng, Z. Policova, and A. W. Neumann, “Enhancement of Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis-Profile: Optical Effects”, 76th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, June 2002.

[19]       M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, and W. L. Cleghorn, “Simulation and Animation of Mechanical Systems”, 2002 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Montreal, June 2002.

Posters

[1]           J. Nichols, M. Hoorfar, H. Najjaran, and J. F. Holzman, “Integrated fluidic control systems,” Cascadia Nanotech Symposium 2008, Vancouver, Canada, March, 2008.

[2]           R. A. L’Orsa, M. Hoorfar, J. F. Holzman, and H. Najjaran, “A microreactor for the synthesis, study, and deployment of nanoparticles in water industry,” Cascadia Nanotech Symposium 2008, Vancouver, Canada, March, 2008.

[3]           M. Hoorfar, A. W. Neumann and J. A.  Mann, “Surface Properties of Sugar Solutions”, Research Showcase, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, April 2006.

Industry Reports

[1]           “Artificial Intelligence Module of Electronic Medical Record (EMR)”, prepared for Alpha Laboratories, Toronto, 2004.

[2]           “Medical Expert System (MES)”, prepared for Alpha Laboratories, Toronto, 2002.

Books: Chapters

[1]           M. Hoorfar and A. W. Neumann, “Axisymmetric Drop Shape Analysis (ADSA)”, Chapter 3 in:  Applied Surface Thermodynamics. A. W. Neumann and R. David, Y. Zuo (Eds.), 2nd Edition, pp. 108-174, 2011.PatentsPatent

Patents

[1]           D. J. Roberts, M. Hoorfar, S. Jomeh, R. Das, "Apparatuses for determining whether a substance is carried in a fluid," US Patent 61/295,097, filed on January 14, 2011.



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