Dr. Tai’s research is centered on the Caltech MEMS Laboratory that he built at Caltech. This is an 8,000 sq. ft. facility completely devoted to MEMS research. This facility has a clean-room lab (4,000 sq. ft), CAD lab, and a measurement/metrology lab. It is constantly supporting about 20 researchers (graduates, postdocs, visiting scholars and industrial members) to develop innovative MEMS/NEMS devices such as micromotors, microphones, micro scanning mirrors, neural chips, micro relays, micro power generators, etc.
Biomedical Research For the last 10 years, Dr. Tai has also launched a major effort towards bio/medical devices such as microfluidics, labs-on-a-chip and biomedical implants. His lab has developed the first complete high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) on-a-chip for total biochemical analysis. Dr. Tai also has various collaborative research programs to develop cortical, retinal and spinal implants based on a parylene MEMS technology he has developed (delete?in his lab) and has also engaged in research on circulating tumor cells enrichment and stem cell treatment of age-related macular disease (funded by California Government, CIRM project).
Previously, Dr. Tai had extensively worked on active fluid sensing and control. Successfully developed MEMS devices included pressure sensors, shear-stress sensors, hot-wire anemometers, flexible sensor skins, magnetic actuators, rubber-balloon actuators, etc. Nevertheless, his research always emphasizes MEMS system integration. For examples, his research portfolio includes smart MEMS surface for drag-reduction in turbulence, MEMS for delta-wing aerodynamic control, and MEMS-maneuvered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). He has published ~700 articles with >11,000 citations, including >200 granted and pending patents in the MEMS field (from “Publish and Perish”). See Publications for publication list.