Dr. Richard O'Rorke


School of Materials Science and Engineering
Nanyang Technological University
Office: N3-01C-10
50 Nanyang Avenue
Singapore 639798

email: r.ororke@ntu.edu.sg


Dr Richard O'Rorke received his BSc in Physics with Medical Physics from the University of Sheffield in 2006. He then investigated the use of surface acoustic waves to controllably trap and transport micron-sized particles and therapeutic microbubbles in microfluidic channels for his PhD at the University of Leeds. He was awarded his PhD in 2010 and received one of three F. W. Carter prizes for best PhD thesis in 2011. Between 2010 and 2013 he held a post-doctoral position at the University of Leeds where he investigated electrochemical biosensors, focusing on device fabrication, microfluidics and computational models. In late 2103 Richard joined Assistant Professor Terry Steele's laboratory where he is investigating surface patterning for enhanced bioadhesion.

Research Interests

Dr O'Rorke's research interests are applied physics and biomedical engineering. His focus is finite element modelling and microfabrication for the development of bioadhesives. Richard is also interested in the application of surface acoustic wave technologies to lab-on-chip systems for biomedical applications such as cell sorting and biosensing.


[7]R. ORorke, T. Steele and H. Taylor, "Bioinspired fibrillar adhesives: a review of analytical models and experimental evidence for adhesion enhancement by surface patterns", Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, vol. 30, no. 4, 2016, pp. 362-391.
[6]R. O'Rorke et al., "Acousto-microfluidics: Trapping and transporting microbubbles using surface acoustic waves", in Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), 2012 IEEE International, pp. 755-758.
[5]V. Miseikis et al., "Acoustic charge transport in graphene", in Microwave Symposium Digest (MTT), 2012 IEEE MTT-S International, pp. 1-3.
[4]R. ORorke et al., "Acousto-microfluidics: Transporting microbubble and microparticle arrays in acoustic traps using surface acoustic waves", Journal of Applied Physics, vol. 111, no. 9, may 2012, pp. 094911-094911.
[3]V. Miseikis et al., "Acoustically induced current flow in graphene", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 100, no. 13, mar 2012, pp. 133105-133105.
[2]C. Wood et al., "Formation and manipulation of two-dimensional arrays of micron-scale particles in microfluidic systems by surface acoustic waves", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 94, no. 5, 2009, pp. 054101-054101.
[1]C. Wood et al., "Alignment of particles in microfluidic systems using standing surface acoustic waves", Applied Physics Letters, vol. 92, no. 4, 2008, pp. 044104-044104.