Toru Torii / Professor / Division of Environmental Sciences
Department of Human and Engineered Environmental Studies / / Microfluidics and Microreactors

Career Summary
1980: Graduated, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo
1982: Master of Engineering from The University of Tokyo
1982: Mitsubishi Motors Co. Ltd
1984: Research assistant, Tohoku Institute of Technology
1989: Research assistant, School of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo
1999: Associate Professor, Department of Precision Engineering, The University of Tokyo
2006: Professor, School of Frontier Sciences
Educational Activities
Under Graduate School: Engineering Mechanics
Graduate School: Special lecture on Environmental Amenity
Research Activities
Microreactor for functional polymer beads

Janus droplet formation
Janus droplet formation

Microfluidics applications

Double emulsion by microfluidics
Double emulsion by microfluidics

Droplet actuation application

Droplet formation and 2D actuation
Droplet formation and 2D actuation

Protein Crystallization under electric field
Autonomous navigation of Agricultural vehicles
1) E. Lebrasseur, M.I. Al-Haq, W-K. Choi, M. Hirano, H. Tsuchiya, T. Torii, T. Higuchi, H. Yamazaki and E. Shinohara, Two-dimensional electrostatic actuation of droplets using a single electrode panel and development of disposable plastic film card, Sensors & Actuators A: Physical, 136(1), 358-366 (2007)
2) W-k Choi, E. Lebrasseur, M.I. Al-Haq, H. Tsuchiya, T. Torii, H. Yamazaki, T. Higuchi, Nano-liter size droplet dispenser using electrostatic manipulation technique, Sensors & Actuators A: Physical, 136(1):484-490 (2007)
3) M.I. Al-Haq, E. Lebrasseur, W.-K. Choi, H. Tsuchiya, T. Torii, H. , Yamazaki and E. Shinohara, An apparatus for electric-field-induced protein crystallization, Journal of Applied Crystallography, 40, p199-201, 2007
4)Takasi Nisisako, Toru Torii, Takanori Takahashi, Yoichi Takizawa: Synthesis of Monodisperse Bicolored Janus Particles with Electrical Anisotropy Using a Microfluidic Co-flow System, Adv. Mater. 18(9), pp. 1152-1156 (2006)
5) Takasi Nisisako, Shingo Okushima and Toru Torii: Controlled Formulation of Monodispserse Double Emulsions in a Multiple-phase Microfluidic System, Soft Matter, 1, pp. 23-27, 2005
6) Shingo Okushima, Takasi Nisisako, Toru Torii, Toshiro Higuchi: Controlled Production of Monodisperse Double Emulsions by Two-Step Droplet Breakup in Microfluidic Devices, Langmuir, 20, pp. 9905-9908, 2004
7) Takasi Nisisako, Toru Torii, Toshiro Higuchi: Novel Microreactors for Functional Polymer Beads, Chem. Eng. J., 101, pp.23-29, 2004
8) Takasi Nisisako, Toru Torii, Toshiro Higuchi: Droplet Formation in a Microchannel Network, Lab on a Chip, 2, pp.24-26, 2002.
9) Tomohiro Taniguchi, Toru Torii, Toshiro Higuchi: Chemical reaction in microdroplets by electrostatic manipulation of droplets in liquid media, Lab on a Chip, 2, pp.19-23, 2002

Other Activities
Japanese Society of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Engineers and Scientists (JABEES)
Japanese Society of Precision Engineering
Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ)
Future Plan

Our laboratory would like to contribute to the utilization of the microreactor for the production of various beads.

Messages to Students
I welcome you to join our laboratory in order to develop new and innovative production technologies for the following fields: microreactors. microfluidis, digital fluidcs, protein crystallization, and agricultural engineering.