Yeo Cheon (Joseph) Kim    LinkedIn

PhD Candidate, University of New South Wales, Australia.


PhD Topic:

"An air trap to effectively remove microbubbles in haemodialysis"

Research interests: Biomedical devices, acoustofluidics, microfluidics, computational fluid dynamics



2018-present PhD Mechanical Engineering, UNSW, Sydney

2018-present Casual Academic, UNSW, Sydney

2016-2017 Engineering Internship, ResMed Ltd, Sydney

2014-2017 BEng Honours Class 1 (Mechanical Engineering), UNSW, Sydney

2010-2012 MBBS, UNSW, Sydney


Dang, B.V., Charlton, A.J., Li, Q., Kim, Y., Taylor, R.A., Le-Clech, P., and Barber, T.,  2021. Can 3D-printed spacers improve filtration at the microscale?. Separation and Purification Technology, 256. 

Current project: Microbubble Dynamics

Haemodialysis is a clinical procedure that uses extracorporeal circuit system to filter the blood of patients with impaired renal functions. As a safety measure, a device called “air trap” is implemented in the dialysis system to prevent air emboli from entering the patient’s blood stream. However, previous studies have shown that the conventional air traps are ineffective in filtering small microbubbles due to the diminishing influence of buoyancy relative to the drag force for smaller microbubbles, motivating the development of new air trap designs.


Acoustic radiation force offers an alternative approach to control the motion of microbubbles in blood and it is the goal of this PhD research to test the feasibility of the acoustic radiation force in removing microbubbles without damaging the blood.