Group news

(GG=Greener Group!)

Congratulations to Francois for his sucessful defense of his Ph.D. thesis "Méthodes spectroscopiques et optiques pour le suivi de la croissance des biofilms en milieu microfluidique"!

Mehran and Pouyan have their paper "Microstructured anodes by surface wrinkling for studies of direct electron transfer biofilms in microbial fuel cells" accepted to Advanced Materials Interfaces!

Mohammad Pousti has his paper "Altered biofilm formation at a plasma bonded attenuated total reflection element in a microfluidic flow cell" accepted to Surface Science!

Congratulations to 2018 summer intern Kimberly Côté-Vertefeuille for being awarded a bursary from to study the chemical and mechanical properties of bacterial biofilms.

Congratulations to Farnaz for her Biomicrofluidics paper on the effects of bubbles on biofilm development and the successful completion of her masters thesis!

Congratulations to Pouyan and François for their 2017 paper in Langmuir on hydrodynamic effect on biofilm anchoring surface. The article has been selected for the Langmuir Journal Club.

GG welcomes Tianyang (Dirk) Deng, Mohammad Tanver Rahman and CSC supported student Lingling Gong!

Congratulations to Mazeyar and Pouyan on their 2016 paper in Biomicrofluidics on biofilm mechanical properties.

Past and present GG members Mohammad and Safdar team up with FlowJEM for a new 2016 paper in Sensors on a new microfluidic fabrication method.

Francois, Mazeyar and Julien's 2016 paper is accepted to Lab on a Chip on a real-time measurements of biofilm viscosity. Did we just discover a new biofilm growth phase?

Congratulations to Adnane for his 2016 paper in Sensors on plug and play lab-on-a-chip. 

Congratulations to Mazeyar for his 2016 paper in Lab on a Chip on pH imaging of biofilms in microchannels. 

Congratulations to Adnane, Arnaud and Mehran for their 2016 paper in Lab on a chip on a new "electrochemical imaging in microfluidics".

Congratulations to Mazeyar and Julien for their 2015 paper in Biomicrofliuidics: "Live-streaming: Time-lapse video evidence of novel streamer formation mechanism and varying viscosity"

GG preparing 5 lectures at the 2015 CSC conference in Ottawa.

GG welcomes Arnaud Reitz (Master's student from France) and Sabrina Farch (doctoral student from Algeria) to our group for an internship. Good luck!

GG welcomes new PhD student Muhammad Pousti who will be developing spectral imaging by ATR-FTIR to study biocatalysis of new biomaterials.

Congratulations to former Master's student, Nahid Babaei for getting a job with Endoceutics in Québec!



F. Asayesh, M. P. Zarabadi, N. Babaei Aznaveha and J. Greener, "Microfluidic flow confinement to avoid chemotaxis-based upstream growth in a biofilm flow cell reactor," Anal. Methods, 2018,  DOI: 10.1039/C8AY01513A.

M. P. Zarabadi, S. J. Charette and J. Greener, "Flow-based deacidification of Geobacter sulfurreducens biofilms depends on nutrient conditions: A microfluidic bioelectrochemical study," ChemElectroChem, 2018, DOI: 10.1002/celc.201800968R1.

M.A. Amirdehi, S. Saem, M.P. Zarabadi, J.M. Moran-Mirabal, J. Greener, "Microstructured anodes by surface wrinkling for studies of direct electron transfer biofilms in microbial fuel cells" Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2018, 1800290.

Mohammad Pousti, Jesse Greener, "Altered biofilm formation at a plasma bonded attenuated total reflection element in a microfluidic flow cell", Surface Science, 2018, 676 (2018) 56–60. (Invited contribution).


Farnaz Asayesh, Mir Pouyan Zarabadi and Jesse Greener, "A new look at bubbles during biofilm inoculation reveals pronounced effects on growth and patterning", Biomicrofluidics, 2017, 11, 064109,  DOI10.1063/1.5005932.

Mirpouyan Zarabadi, François Paquet-Mercier, Steve Charette, Jesse Greener, "Hydrodynamic effects on biofilms at the bio-interface using a microfluidic electrochemical cell: case study of Pseudomonas sp.", Langmuir, 2017, 33 (8), pp 2041–2049.

Lucas Hof , Xin Guo , Minseok Seo , Rolf Wüthrich , Jesse Greener, Glass imprint templates by spark assisted chemical engraving for microfabrication by hot embossing, Micromachines, 2017, 8(1), 29. Special issue on glass micromachining.

Mehran Abbaszadeh Amirdehi, Mohammad Pousti, Farnaz Asayesh, Farrokh Gharib, Jesse Greener, "Solvent Effects on Acid-Base Equilibria of Propranolol and Atenolol in Aqueous Solutions of Methanol: UV- spectrophotometric titration and theory", J. Sol., Chem. 2017, 46, Issue 3, pp 720–733.

A. Miled, J. Greener, "Recent advancements towards full-system microfluidics", Sensors, 2017, 17(8), 1707 (open access).

F. Paquet-Mercier, M. Parvinzadeh Gashti, J Bellevance, S. Mohammad Taghavi, J. Greener, Through thick and thin: a microfluidic approach for continuous measurements of biofilm viscosity and the effect of ionic strength, Lab Chip, 2016, 16, 4710-4717. (Preprint: arXiv 2016, arXiv:1606.04875)

Jesse Greener*, Mazeyar Parvinzadeh Gashti, Ali Eslami, Mir Pouyan Zarabadi, Seyed Mohammad Taghavi*, "A microfluidic method and custom model for continuous, non-intrusive biofilm viscosity measurements under different nutrient conditions", Biomicrofluidics, 2016, 10, 064107.

M. Debono, D. Voicu, M. Pousti, M. Safdar, R. Young, E. Kumacheva, J. Greener, One-step fabrication of microchannels with integrated three dimensional features by hot intrusion embossing, Sensors, 2016, 16(12), 2023.

M. Parvinzadeh Gashti,   J. Asselin,   J. Barbeau,   D. Boudreau, J. Greener,  A microfluidic platform with pH imaging for chemical and hydrodynamic stimulation of intact oral biofilms, Lab Chip, 2016, 16, 1412-1419. (Featured in: Atlas of Science)

A. Kara, A. Reitz, J. Mathault, S. Mehou-Loko, M.A. Amirdehi, A. Miled, J. Greener, "Electrochemical imaging for microfluidics: a full-system approach," Lab Chip, Lab Chip, 2016,16, 1081-1087. (Featured in: Atlas of Science)

M. Parvinzadeh Gashti, M. Zarabadi, J. Greener, "A video imaging method for time-dependent measurements of molecular mass transfer and biofilm dynamics in microchannels", MRS Advances, 2016, CJO2016. doi:10.1557/adv.2016.359 (Featured in: MRS Materials360 2016, July, Vol. 16 Issue 14).

J. Asselin, M. Parvinzadeh Gashti, D. Boudreau, J. Greener, "A microfluidic platform with nanoparticle-based metal enhanced fluorescence for pH mapping acidified aqueous solutions by CO2 microbubbles", MRS Advances, 2016, DOI: 10.1557/adv.2016.288

A. Kara, C. Rouillard, J. Mathault, M. Boisvert, F. Tessier, H. Landari, I. Melki, É. Boisselier, M.-A. Fortin, É. Boilard, J. Greener, A. Miled, "Towards a Multifunctional Electrochemical Sensing and Niosome Generation Lab-on-Chip Platform Based on a Plug-and-Play Concept", Sensors, 2016, 16(6), 778.



M. Parvinzadeh Gashti, J. Bellavance, O. Kroukamp, G. Wolfaardt, S. M. Taghavi, J. Greener, "Live-streaming: Time-lapse video evidence of novel streamer formation mechanism and varying viscosity", Biomicrofluidics, 2015, 9, 041101 (Fast-track article, editor's pick for September 2015).

J. Mathault, P. Zamprogno, J. Greener, A. Miled, "Microfluidic Platform for Neurotransmitter Sensing Based on Cyclic Voltammetry and Dielectrophoresis for In Vitro Experiments" Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2015, 2171-4. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7318820.

A. Kara, A. Miled, J. Greener, "Automated electrode array for in-channel electrochemical detection", IEEE, 2015. (accepted)

M. Boisvert, J. Mathault, A. Kara, A. Reitz, J. Greener, A. Miled, "Microfluidics in-channel electrochemical imaging platform for neurotransmitter sensing", Proc. SPIE 9705, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XIV, (2016); doi:10.1117/12.2211763.

N. Babaei Aznaveh, M. Safdar, G. Wolfaardt, J. Greener, "Micropatterned biofilm formations by laminar flow-templating", Lab Chip, 2014, 14 (15), 2666 - 2672 (Emerging Investigators Issue).

D. Voicu, R. Choueiri, M. Abolhasani, G. Lestari, C. Seiler, G. Menard, J. Greener, A. Guenther, D. Stephan, E. Kumacheva, "Microfluidic Studies of CO2 Sequestration by Frustrated Lewis Pairs," JACS, 2014, 136 (10), 3875–3880.

F. Paquet-Mercier, A. Kara, M. Safdar, N.B. Aznaveh, M. Zarabadi, J. Greener, "Development and calibration of a microfluidic biofilm growth cell with flow-templating and multi-modal characterization", IEEE-EMBC, Chicago, 26-30 Aug. 2014, 1557 - 1562, DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2014.6943900

F. Paquet-Mercier, J. Greener, "Spectral Imaging at the Microscale and Beyond", Sensors, 2014, 14(5), 8162-8166 (Open access).



F. Paquet-Mercier, N. Babaei Aznaveh, M. Safdar, J Greener, "A microfluidic bioreactor with in situ SERS imaging for the study of controlled flow patterns of biofilm precursor materials," Sensors 2013, 13(11), 14714-14727 (Open access).

E. Bester, G.M. Wolfaardt, N.B. Aznaveh, J. Greener, "A microfluidic study of biofilms and their role in planktonic cell proliferation," Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(11), 21965-21982.

Paquet-Mercier, N. Babaei Aznaveh, M. Safdar, J. Greener, "Next generation microfluidic reactors for spectroscopic imaging of biomaterials", Eur Cell Mater, 2013, 26, 81.

Z. L. Wu, M. Moshe, J. Greener, H. Therien-Aubin, Z. Nie, E. Sharon, E. Kumacheva, “Three-dimensional Shape Transformations of Hydrogel Sheets Induced by Small-Scale Modulation of Internal Stresses”, Nat. Commun., 2013, 4, 1586.

D. Voicu, Clement Scholl, W. Li, D. Jagadeesan, I. Nasimova, J. Greener*, E. Kumacheva*, “Kinetics of Multicomponent Polymerization Reactions Studied in a Microfluidic Format”, Macromolecules, 2012, 45, 4469–4475.

J. Greener, E. Tumarkin, M. Debono, C-H. Kwan, M. Abolhasani, A. Günther, E. Kumacheva, “Development and applications of a microfluidic reactor with multiple reconfigurable probes”, Analyst, 2012, 137, 444 - 450. (C&EN video feed is.gd/CEN_GreenerMicro)

W. Li, R. Simms, K. Liu, J. Greener, S. Pinto, A. Guenther, E. Kumacheva “A microfluidic study of CO2 mediated change of solvent polarity”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 3127–3132

J. Greener, E. Turmakin, M. Debono, E. Kumacheva, “Education: A microfluidic platform for university-level analytical chemistry laboratories”, Lab Chip, 2012, 12, 696-701. (Featured “Focus” article and ranked among journal’s Top 10% in 2012)

A. Petukhova, J. Greener, E. Kumacheva, R. Nicolay, K. Matyjaszewski, “Standing Arrays of Gold Nanorods End-Tethered with Polymer Ligands”, Small, 2012, 8, 731–737.



E. Tumarkin, Z. Nie, J. Park, J. Greener, B. Sherwood-Lollar, A. Guenther, E. Kumacheva, “Breathing Carbon Dioxide Bubbles”, Lab Chip, 2011, 11, 3545-3550.

A. Kumachev, J. Greener, E. Eiser, E. Kumacheva, “High-Throughput generation of hydrogel microbeads with varying elasticity for cell encapsulation,” Biomaterials, 2011, 32 , 1477-1483.

J. Greener, B. Abbasi and E. Kumacheva, “Attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy for on-chip monitoring of solute concentrations,” Lab Chip, 2010, 10, 1561-1566.

J. Greener, W. Li, J. Ren, D. Voicu, V. Pakharenko, T. Tang and E. Kumacheva, "Rapid, cost-efficient fabrication of microfluidic reactors in thermoplastic polymers by combining photolithography and hot embossing", Lab Chip, 2010, 10, 522–524. (“Top 10” Feb. 2010)


2009 and earlier

J. Greener, W. Li, D. Voicu, E. Kumacheva, “Multiple modular microfluidic (M3) reactors for the synthesis of polymer particles”, Lab Chip, 2009, 9, 2715–2722. (Cover article, featured “Hot Articles”)

N. Zhao, K. Liu, J. Greener, Z. Nie, E. Kumacheva, “Close-Packed Superlattices of Side-by-Side Assembled Au-CdSe Nanorods”, Nano Lett., 2009, 9, 3077–3081.

J.Greener, T.H. van der Loop, C. Paquet, G. Scholes, E. Kumacheva, “A Study of Simultaneous Patterning and Alignment of Semiconductor Nanorods via Polymerization-Induced Phase Separations”, Langmuir, 2009, 25, 3173–3177.

J. Greener, W. Li, D. Voicu, E. Kumacheva, “Reusable, Robust NanoPort connections to PDMS chips”, Lab Chip C&T, 2008.

J. Greener, Hartwig Peemoeller, Changho Choi, Rick Holly, Eric J. Reardon, Carolyn M. Hansson, Mik M. Pintar, "Monitoring of Hydration of White Cement Paste with Proton NMR Spin–Spin Relaxation", J. Am. Cer. Soc., 2000, 83 (3), 623–627.



J. Greener, "Microfluidics for chemical synthesis and biological functional materials: from device fabrication to applications", in Functional Materials For Energy, Sustainable Development and Biomedical Sciences, DeGruyter, ISBN 978-3-11-030782-5, 2014.

F. Paquet-Mercier, M. Safdar, M. Parvinzadeh, J. Greener, "Emerging Spectral Microscopy Techniques and Applications to Biofilm Detection", in Microscopy: advances in scientific research and education, Formatex, 2014 (in press).

J. Greener, E. Kumacheva, “Polymerization in microfluidic channels” in “Microreactors in Preparative Chemistry - Practical Aspects in Bioprocessing, Nanotechnology, Catalysis and more”, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, ISBN 978-3-527-33282-3, 2013.



J. Greener, E. Kumacheva. Invention disclosure: RIS #10002219 “Method for fabricating flexible, ultra-thin plastic microfluidic devices”, February 7, 2011. Discussions with University of Toronto and possible licensees about proceeding with patent execution.

J. Greener, W. Li, E. Kumacheva. PCT application PCT/CA2010/000144 “Method for producing a stamp for hot embossing,” 2010. Based US Provisional 61/202, 2009. Discussions with ATR-FTIR manufacturers and a Canadian microfluidics manufacturing company about licensing.

J. Greener, E. Kumacheva. US Provisional application 61/319,328 “Microfluidic device and system with optical evanescent coupling element,” 2010. Discussions with Canadian microfluidics manufacturing company about licensing.