Dr. Henry joined Colorado State University in 2002 from Mississippi State University, and is now a Professor of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering (since 2012), the current chair of the Department of Chemistry (since 2014), and founder of a number of spinoff companies. Dr. Henry’s research interests lie broadly in the development of lab-on-a-chip technologies, to study environmental and biological phenomena. Major techniques used include microfabrication, chromatography, electrochemistry, electrophoresis, microfluidics, microscopy, and 3D printing. More information on current research can be found on the group website. Dr. Henry has published over 120 peer-reviewed publications, generated 8 patents, and sits on the editorial advisory board for Analytica Chimica Acta. In addition, Dr. Henry has been involved in five spin-out companies from Colorado State University with products ranging from industrial water quality sensors to low-cost environmental diagnostics.
Research: At present, three distinct project areas exist within the Henry group. The first project is developing low-cost methods for the analysis of environmental pollutants, with a primary focus on air pollution. Paper-based microfluidic analytical devices are employed to understand occupational and environmental exposure to pollutants in atmospheric aerosols such as particulate matter and heavy metals. The second project focuses on the development of biosensors for bacteria, viruses and biomarkers. This involves the coupling of microfluidic devices with electrochemistry, colorimetry or electrophoresis, for the low cost and sensitive analysis of relevant biological targets. The third project centers around the creation of new lab-on-a-chip systems, such as composite electrode materials, 3D printed microfluidic devices and colorimetric chemometers. These are employed for a range targets and systems from environmental monitoring to global health.