Principal Investigator
Sindy K.Y. Tang, Ph.D.
Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Stanford University


Peer-Reviewed Journals


  1. Ya Gai, Chia Leong, Wei Cai, and Sindy K. Y. Tang*, "Spatiotemporal periodicity of dislocation dynamics in a two-dimensional microfluidic crystal flowing in a tapered channel", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, accepted.

  2. Ya Gai, Jian Wei Khor, and Sindy K. Y. Tang*, "Confinement and viscosity ratio effect on droplet break-up in a concentrated emulsion flowing through a narrow constriction", Lab on a Chip, 16, 3058 - 3064, 2016. Featured in 2016 Lab on a Chip Emerging Investigators themed collection! link

  3. Ming Pan, Minkyu Kim, Lucas Blauch and Sindy K. Y. Tang*, "Surface-Functionalizable Amphiphilic Nanoparticles for Pickering Emulsions with Designer Fluid-Fluid Interfaces", RSC Advances, 6, 39926-39932, 2016. link

  4. Jaewook Myung, Minkyu Kim, Ming Pan, Craig Criddle and Sindy K. Y. Tang*, "Low energy emulsion-based fermentation enabling accelerated methane mass transfer and growth of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)-accumulating methanotrophs", Bioresource Technology, 207, 302–307, 2016. link


  1. Fengjiao Lyu, Manqi Xu, Yunfeng Cheng, Jinghang Xie, Jianghong Rao and Sindy K.Y. Tang*, "Quantitative detection of cells expressing BlaC using droplet-based microfluidics for use in the diagnosis of tuberculosis", Biomicrofluidics, 9, 044120, 2015. link

  2. Ming Pan, Fengjiao Lyu and Sindy K.Y. Tang*, "Fluorinated Pickering Emulsions with Non-adsorbing Interfaces for Droplet-based Enzymatic Assays", Analytical Chemistry, 87, 7938–7943, 2015. link

  3. Minkyu Kim, Ming Pan, Ya Gai, Shuo Pang, Chao Han, Changhuei Yang, and Sindy K.Y. Tang*, "Optofluidic ultrahigh-throughput detection of fluorescent drops", Lab on a Chip, 15, 1417-1423, 2015. Selected as Lab on a Chip 2015 HOT Article, and featured on outside front cover! link

  4. Ming Pan, Minkyu Kim, Stein Kuiper, and Sindy K.Y. Tang*, "Actuating Fluid-fluid Interfaces for the Reconfiguration of Light", IEEE Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, DOI: 10.1109/JSTQE.2015.2392075, 2015. link Equal contribution.


  1. Ming Pan, Liat Rosenfeld, Minkyu Kim, Manqi Xu, Edith Lin, Ratmir Derda, and Sindy K.Y. Tang*, "Fluorinated Pickering Emulsions Impede Interfacial Transport and Form Rigid Interface for the Growth of Anchorage-dependent Cells", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 6, 21446-21453, 2014. link

  2. Lukas Gerber, Liat Rosenfeld, Yunhan Chen, and Sindy K.Y. Tang*, "Time Capsule: An autonomous sensor and recorder based on diffusion-reaction", Lab on a Chip, 14, 4324-4328, 2014. Selected as Lab on a Chip 2014 HOT Article and Lab on a Chip Top 10%! link

    Also see highlight in Stanford News, Chemistry World, Futurity, and!

  3. (Invited) Liat Rosenfeld, Tiras Lin, Ratmir Derda, and Sindy K.Y. Tang*, "Review and Analysis of Performance Metrics of Droplet Microfluidics Systems", Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 16, 5, 921-939, 2014. link

  4. Liat Rosenfeld, Lin Fan, Yunhan Chen, Ryan Swoboda, and Sindy K.Y. Tang*, "Break-up of droplets in a concentrated emulsion flowing through a narrow constriction", Soft Matter, 10, 421-430, 2014. Featured on outside front cover. link


  1. Qimin Quan, Daniel L. Floyd, Ian B. Burgess, Parag B. Deotare, Ian W. Frank, Sindy K.Y. Tang, Rob Ilic, and Marko Loncar, "Single particle detection in CMOS compatible photonic crystal nanobeam cavities", Optics Express, 21, 32225-32233, 2013. link

  2. Wadim Matochko, Cory Li, Sindy K.Y. Tang, and Ratmir Derda, "Prospective identification of parasitic sequences in phage-display screens", Nucleic Acids Research, doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt1104, 2013. link

  3. Ratmir Derda, Matthew R. Lockett, Sindy K. Y. Tang, Renee C. Fuller, E. Jane Maxwell, Benjamin Breiten,Christine C. Cuddemi, Aysegul Ozdogan, and George M. Whitesides, "Filter-Based Assay for Escherichia coli in Aqueous Samples Using Bacteriophage-Based Amplification", Analytical Chemistry, 85, 7213–7220,


  1. Yunhan Chen, Adi Wijaya, and Sindy K. Y. Tang*, "Characterization of Sensitivity and Specificity in Leaky Droplet-based Assays", Lab on a Chip, 12 (23), 5093-5103. link

  2. Wadim L. Matochko, Simon Ng, Mohammad R. Jafari, Joseph Romaniuk, Sindy K.Y. Tang, and Ratmir Derda, “Uniform amplification of phage display libraries in monodisperse emulsions”, Methods, 2012. link

2006 - 2011

  1. Qimin Quan, Ian B. Burgess, Sindy K. Y. Tang, Daniel L. Floyd, and Marko Loncar, “High-Q, low index-contrast polymeric photonic crystal nanobeam cavities”, Optics Express, 19, 22191,

  2. Tak-Sing Wong, Sung Hoon Kang, Sindy K. Y. Tang, Elizabeth Smythe, Benjamin Hatton, Alison Grinthal, and Joanna Aizenberg, “Slippery surfaces with omniphobicity, self-repair, high-pressure stability and optical transparency”, Nature, 477, 443,

  3. Andrew Lee, Sindy K. Y. Tang, Charles R. Mace, and George M. Whitesides, “Denaturation of Proteins by SDS and Tetraalkylammonium Dodecyl Sulfates”, Langmuir, 27, 11560–11574, 2011. link

  4. Sindy K.Y. Tang, Ratmir Derda, Aaron D. Mazzeo, and George M. Whitesides, “Reconfigurable Self-Assembly of Mesoscale Optical Components at a Liquid-Liquid Interface”, Advanced Materials, 23, 2413-2418, 2011. link

  5. Ratmir Derda, Sindy K.Y. Tang, Anna Laromaine, Estrella Lee, Martin Mwangi, Akiko Mammoto, Donald E. Ingber, and George M. Whitesides, “Multizone paper platform for 3D cell cultures”, PLoS ONE 6(5): e18940. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0018940. link

  6. Ratmir Derda, Sindy K.Y. Tang, Cory Li, Simon Ng, Wadim Matochko, Seyed Jafari, “Diversity of Phage-Displayed Libraries of Peptides during Panning and Amplification”, Molecules, 16, 1776-1803, 2011. link

  7. Sindy K.Y. Tang, Ratmir Derda, Qimin Quan, Marko Loncar, and George M. Whitesides, “Continuously tunable microdroplet-laser in a microfluidic channel”, Optics Express, 19, 2204-2215, 2011. link This article was selected for publication in the Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics, Volume 6, Issue 2, 2011.

  8. Claudiu A. Stan, Sindy K. Y. Tang, Kyle J. M. Bishop, and George M. Whitesides, “Externally Applied Electric Fields up to 1.6 × 10^5 V/m Do Not Affect the Homogeneous Nucleation of Ice in Supercooled Water”, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 115, 1089-1097, 2011. link

  9. Ratmir Derda, Sindy K.Y. Tang, and George M. Whitesides “Uniform Amplification of Phage with Different Growth Characteristics in Monodisperse Droplet-Based Compartments”, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 49, 5301–5304, 2010. link

  10. Adam C. Siegel, Sindy K. Y. Tang, Christian A. Nijhuis, Michinao Hashimoto, Scott T. Phillips, Michael D. Dickey, and George M. Whitesides, “Co-Fabrication: A Strategy for Building Multi-Component Microsystems”, Accounts of Chemical Research, 43, 518–528, 2010. link

  11. Ratmir Derda, Anna Laromaine, Akiko Mammoto, Sindy K. Y. Tang, Tadanori Mammoto, Amy Brock, Donald E. Ingber & George M. Whitesides, “Paper-Supported Three-Dimensional Cell Culture for Tissue-Based Bioassays”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 18457–18462, 2009. link

  12. Sindy K.Y. Tang, Zhenyu Li, Adam R. Abate, Jeremy A. Agresti, Demetri Psaltis, David A. Weitz, and George M. Whitesides, “A multi-color fast-switching microfluidic droplet dye laser”, Lab on a Chip, 9, 2767 - 2771, 2009. This article was featured in Chemical & Engineering News, 87 (35), p.26, 2009. pdf

  13. Claudiu A. Stan, Sindy K.Y. Tang, and George M. Whitesides, “Independent control of drop size and velocity in microfluidic flow-focusing generators using variable temperature and flow rate”, Analytical Chemistry, 81, 2399–2402, 2009. pdf

  14. Sindy K.Y. Tang, Claudiu A. Stan, and George M. Whitesides, “Dynamically reconfigurable liquid-core liquid-cladding lens in a microfluidic channel”, Lab on a Chip, 8, 395–401, 2008. This article was featured in Chemical Technology, 5 (3), T18, 2008. pdf

  15. Sindy K.Y. Tang, Brian T. Mayers, Dmitri V. Vezenov, and George M. Whitesides, “Optical waveguiding using thermal gradients across homogeneous liquids in microfluidic channels”, Applied Physics Letters 88 (6): 061112, 2006. This article was featured in and Photonics Spectra May 2006 issue. pdf

Book Chapters

  • Sindy K.Y. Tang, George M. Whitesides, “Optical Components Based on Dynamic Liquid-liquid Interfaces”, Book chapter in “Optofluidics: Fundamentals, Devices, and Applications”, McGraw-Hill 2009. link
  • Sindy K.Y. Tang, George M. Whitesides, “Basic Microfluidic and Soft Lithographic Techniques” Book chapter in “Optofluidics: Fundamentals, Devices, and Applications”, McGraw-Hill. 2009. link

Popular Science

  • Sindy K.Y. Tang, “The Nanotechnology Solution to the Global Water Challenge”, Science in the News, HMS, Harvard. Jun 2011. link
  • Sindy K.Y. Tang, “The Rocket Swimsuit: Speedo’s LZR Racer”, Science in the News, HMS, Harvard. Sep 2008. link
  • Sindy K.Y. Tang, “Harnessing the Power of the Sun: The Bright Promise of Solar Cells”, Science in the News, HMS, Harvard. Aug 2007. link
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