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DeVoe, Don

DeVoe, Don

Professor and Associate Chair
Mechanical Engineering
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
5226 A. James Clark Hall


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1997
  • M.S., University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.S., University of Maryland, College Park



Don L. DeVoe is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, with affiliate appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 1997 with a focus on microsystems technology. Dr. DeVoe’s current research interests include MEMS and microfluidics, with an emphasis on the development of technologies for diagnostics, bioanalysis, synthetic biology, and nanomedicine development. He serves as a Senior Editor of the IEEE/ASME Journal of MicroElectroMechanical Systems, and has also served on the editorial boards of Sensor Letters and the Journal Clinical Bioinformatic Science



  • University System of Maryland Regents Award for Research (2013)
  • Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (2008)
  • NSF Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for advances in microsystems technology (2000)
  • NSF CAREER Award (1999)



  • Board of Directors - Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS)
  • Senior Editor - Journal of MicroElectroMechanical Systems (J. MEMS)



MEMS; Microfluidic systems; Disposable technologies for diagnostics and bioanalysis; Microtechnology for synthetic biology; Nanomedicine development

  1. Selected Publications (see http://www.researcherid.com/rid/A-2891-2011 for a full listing)
  • M. Mirzaeimoghri, A. Morales, A. Panna, E. Bennet, B. Lucotte, D.L. DeVoe, H. Wen, "Nano-printed miniature compound refractive lens for desktop hard x-ray microscopy," PLoS One, 13, e0203319, 2018.
  • P. Hareesh, D.L. DeVoe, "Miniature bulk PZT traveling wave ultrasonic motors for low-speed high-torque rotary actuation," J. MEMS, 27, 547-554, 2018.
  • S. Rauscher, H. Bruck, D.L. DeVoe, "Electrical Contact Resistance Force Sensing in SOI-DRIE MEMS," Sens. Act. A, 269, 474-482, 2018.
  • A. Sposito, D.L. DeVoe, "Staggered trap arrays for robust microfluidic sample digitization," Lab Chip, 17, 4105-4112, 2017.
  • S. Padmanabhan, D.L. DeVoe, "Controlled droplet discretization and manipulation using membrane displacement traps," Lab Chip, 17, 3717-3724, 2017.
  • M.S. Wiederoder, S. Smith, P. Madzivhandila, D. Mager, K. Moodley, D.L. DeVoe, K.J. Land, "Novel functionalities of hybrid paper-polymer centrifugal devices for assay performance enhancement," Biomicrofluidics, 11, 054101, 2017.
  • M. S. Wiederoder, E.L. Kendall, J.-H. Han, R.G. Ulrich, D. L. DeVoe "Flow-through microfluidic immunosensors with refractive index-matched silica monoliths as volumetric optical detection elements," Sens. Act. B, 254C, 878-886, 2017.
  • J.Y. Han, O.D.Rahmanian, D.L. DeVoe, "Screw-actuated displacement micropumps for thermoplastic microfluidics," Lab Chip, 16, 3940-3946, 2016.
  • A. Sposito, V. Hoang, D.L. DeVoe, "Rapid real-time PCR and high resolution melt analysis in a self-filling thermoplastic chip," Lab Chip, 16, 3524-3531, 2016.
  • A.X. Lu, Y. Liu,H. Oh, A. Gargava, E. Kendall, Z. Nie, D.L. DeVoe, S.R. Raghavan, "Catalytic Propulsion and Magnetic Steering of Soft, Patchy Microcapsules: Ability to Pick-Up and Drop-Off Microscale Cargo," ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8, 15676-15683, 2016.
  • H. Oh, A.X. Lu, V. Javvaji, D.L. DeVoe, S.R. Raghavan, "Light-Directed Self-Assembly of Robust Alginate Gels at precise locations in microfluidic channels", ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8, 17529-17538, 2016.
  • M.S. Wiederoder, I. Misri, D.L. DeVoe, "Impedimetric immunosensing in a porous volumetric microfluidic detector," Sensors and Actuators B, 234, 493-497, 2016.
  • R.R. Hood, D.L. DeVoe, "High throughput continuous flow production of nanoscale liposomes by microfluidic vertical flow focusing," Small, 11, 5790-2799, 2015.
  • E.L. Kendall, J.Y. Han, M.S. Wiederoder, A. Sposito, A. Wilson, O.D. Rahmanian, D.L. DeVoe, "Soft lithography microfabrication of functionalized thermoplastics by solvent casting," Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 53, 1315-1323, 2015.
  • J. Felder, E. Lee, D.L. DeVoe, "Large vertical displacement electrostatic microstage actuators," J. MEMS, 24, 896-903, 2015.
  • M.S. Wiederoder, L. Peterken, A.X. Lu, O.D. Rahmanian, S. Raghavan, D.L. DeVoe, "Optical detection enhancement in porous volumetric microfluidic capture elements using refractive index matching fluids," Analyst, 140, 5724-5731, 2015.
  • R.R. Hood, T. Wyderko, D.L. DeVoe, "Programmable digital droplet microfluidics using a multibarrel capillary bundle," Sens. Act. B, 220, 992-999, 2015.
  • O.D. Rahmanian, D.L. DeVoe, "Single-use thermoplastic microfluidic burst valves enabling on-chip reagent storage," Microfluid. Nanofluid., 18, 1045-1053, 2015.
  • K. Jiang, X. Lu, P. Dimitrakopoulos, D.L. DeVoe, S. Raghavan, "Microfluidic generation of uniform water droplets using gas as the continuous phase," J. Colloid and Interface Science, 448, 275-279, 2015.

Fall eNewsletter Alumni Feature

Our featured alumni answer questions about their careers and where they see the field of engineering heading.

Kim Receives USM Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching

University System of Maryland award recognizes Kim for his contributions to teaching.

Dasgupta Receives 2015 USM Regents' Faculty Award

University System of Maryland recognizes mechanical engineering faculty for excellence in scholarship.

Recent Clark School Graduate Featured in Lab on a Chip

Renee Hood (Bioengineering, Ph.D., '14) and members of the Maryland MEMS and Microfluidics Lab earn cover story for July edition

Ohadi Awarded USM Regents’ Faculty Award

Mechanical Engineering Professor Michael Ohadi recognized for Excellence in Innovation.

REU in Miniature Robotics holds final project symposium

Nine projects range from wings for MAVs to vision sensors for small robots to small grasping hands.

DeVoe Receives Board of Regents Award for Research

Mechanical engineering professor honored for microsystems and microfluidics research.

Miniature Robotics REU students give final presentations

Ten undergrads from around the country give talks on their summer projects.

ISR welcomes 10 REU microbotics students for the summer

Students will develop interdisciplinary research projects in 10-week program.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Don DeVoe Promoted to Senior Editor of JMEMS

New position provides additional responsibilities for DeVoe with bimonthly MEMS journal. 

Raghavan, DeVoe Introduce New Micromanufacturing Approach in Small

Lab-on-a-chip produces, assembles microparticles in customized order; could be used for drug discovery.

Professor, researchers garner symposium honor

DeVoe, Liu and Yang receive HPLC award for poster presentation

Professor, researchers garner symposium honor

DeVoe, Liu and Yang receive HPLC award for poster presentation

Dr. DeVoe Gets Full Professor Nod

Microfluidics Lab director tapped for promotion

ME Grads Join University Faculty Across the Nation

Department congratulates ME alumni who recently joined the faculty of universities across the nation.

CALCE-Hanyang University Cooperation Established

In June a cooperative relationship between CALCE and Hanyang University in Korea was officially sanctioned by the Korean Government.

2006 ME Research Review Day Highlights

Research Review Day held on March 20, 2006 at the University Inn and Conference Center.

Mechanical Engineering Alumni in the News

ME Faculty alumni making the spotlight.

Associate Professor Don DeVoe Issued Patents

Patents address technology designed which allows complex protein samples to be analyzed faster.

ME Faculty Collaborate with Korean Colleagues

Cooperation between Maryland and Hanyang develops faculty expertise.

First Hanyang University - UMD Workshop Held in Seoul, Korea

The first international workshop held at Hanyang University in Seoul, Korea on January 13, 2006.

Mechanical Engineering Alumni News

Balaji Panchapakesan, Mary Lacey, and Steve Schrantz make news.

NIH Proteomics Award to Benefit Cancer Research, Drug Development

The project is awarded by NIGMS through the interdisciplinary Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) program.

MIPS Program, Maryland Companies Award Funds to ME Faculty To Develop Technology-Based Products

Nearly $700K of that amount was awarded to ME faculty MIPS projects, detailed below.

ME Celebrates Many New Additions

Congratulations to the ME families.

ME Celebrates a Few New Additions

Congratulations to the Yang, DeVoe and Hazelwood families.

Profs. Balachandran and Sandborn Winners of OTC Invention of the Year Competition

Professors Balakumar Balachandran and Peter Sandborn were the winners of two of the three (OTC) Invention of the Year Awards.

S.K. Gupta Selected to Receive Presidential Early Career Award

Associate Professor Satyandra K. Gupta has been selected to receive a Presidental Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

3 ME Faculty Promoted to Associate Professor

Three ME Faculty are promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor with tenure.

5 ME Faculty Present Posters at ISR Research Review Day

ME Faculty showcased their research at the poster session of today's ISR Research Review Day.

S.K. Gupta Selected to Receive Presidential Early Career Award

Assistant Professor Satyandra K. Gupta has been selected to receive a Presidental Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

MRI Award Granted to Research Team

This equipment will complement the department's deep reactive ion etcher (DRIE), previously awarded under a Navy DURIP grant

Clark School Team Headed by Don DeVoe Awarded $2M DARPA Grant

A team from the A. James Clark School of Engineering has just been awarded a $2M grant from The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.