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Armin Volkel

Since joining PARC, Armin Volkel’s research has focused on the manipulation of micron-sized particles in external fields, with application to various printing technologies (including inkjet and Xerography), displays (Gyricon), and bio agent concentration. Currently he is leading the development of a novel barrier-free particle separator for water treatment applications such as pre-treatment for reverse osmosis or pathogen concentration for detection, and is PI on several commercial and government contracts.

Armin has an extensive background in the modeling and simulation of complex physical systems using both commercial and self-developed software packages. Other interests include the design, development, and implementation of control and user interfaces for research hardware prototypes, such as the PARC bookscanner, large-area sensor systems, and (micro-) fluidic devices for particle manipulation. Before joining PARC, Armin spent several years at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada where he developed a physical model for the growth kinetics of latex particulates into functional toner particles with well-defined properties.

Dr. Volkel received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Bayreuth, Germany. While a graduate student he also worked at Los Alamos National Laboratories studying non-linear dynamics using CRAY super computers. Armin has authored more than 40 journal and conference publications and holds 45 patents with another 22 pending.


PARC publications

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Desalination Battery

Defense Innovation Challenge

12 January 2015


MicroArray Ballistic Drug Delivery

DNA Vaccines 2014

21 July 2014


Development of novel arrayed microjet devices for transdermal drug administration

40th Annual Meeting & Exposition of the Controlled Release Society

23 July 2013

Ballistic aerosol marking

17th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers 2013)

19 June 2013


Innovative algae dewatering technology

SunGrant Initiative Conference

5 October 2012

Innovative technology for algae dewatering

TechConnect World 2012

18 June 2012

A novel hydrodynamic separation technology for algae dewatering

The 2nd International Conference on Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts

13 June 2012


High throughput membrane-less water purification

Singapore International Water Week Conference

23 June 2008

Curved fluidic structures to improve aggregation kinetics in municipal water treatment

AWWA Water Quality Technology Conference 2008

1 January 2008


Traveling wave particle separation in fluidic cell

5th World Congress on Particle Technology

23 April 2006

Dynamics of a dipolar bead in a finite conductivity cavity

Journal of Electrostatics

31 January 2006


Particle simulation of traveling wave gel electrophoresis

3rd International IEEE-EMBS Conference on Microtechnology in Medicine and Biology

31 May 2005

Traveling wave bio-agent concentrator

3rd IEEE-EMBS Special Topic Conference on Microtechnology in Medicine and Biology

12 May 2005

Electrodynamics of dipolar beads in an electrophoretic spherical cavity

2005 IEEE/ACES International Conference

4 April 2005


High speed MEMS device for sample preparation of bio agents in water

2nd Joint Conference on Point Detection for Chemical and Biological Defense

1 March 2004


Virtual tool for 2D gel electrophoresis

16th International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Analysis (HPCE 2003)

17 January 2003


Transport mechanisms and trap states in pentacene TFTs

Materials Research Society Spring Meeting

1 April 2002

Modeling of I-V characteristics in organic TFTs

Materials Research Society Spring Meeting 2002

1 April 2002

Hole transport in polycrystalline pentacene transistors

Applied Physics Letters

4 March 2002