Antonio Agustín García, PhD
Professor of Bioengineering
  • Arizona State University
    Tempe, Arizona, USA
    Phone: + (480) 250-3416




Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey



Chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry

University of California, Berkeley, California (Advisor: C. Judson King)



Director, Biological Design Graduate Program


Foundation Professor of Bioengineering, Endowed Chair


Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Arizona State University

2004- Present

Associate Director, Hispanic Research Center, Arizona State University


Professor of Bioengineering, Arizona State University


President, Faculty Senate and Assembly

2000 -2004

Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Arizona State University


Associate Professor, Chemical & Bio Engineering, Arizona State University


Assistant Professor, Chemical & Bio Engineering, Arizona State University


Research Assistant, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley


Dr. García is the Associate Director of the Hispanic Research Center, Foundation Professor of Bioengineering, and Director of the Biological Design Graduate Program in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University where he has focused on surface and colloid chemistry for diagnostics, drug delivery, and biomolecule identification and purification. He obtained a doctorate in Chemical Engineering (College of Chemistry) from the University of California, Berkeley and a baccalaureate in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His work has been published in a wide variety of chemistry, engineering, and biology journals including J. of Physical Chemistry, I&EC Research, Advanced Materials, Bioengineering, and J. of Microbiological Methods.

In the 1990s, he co-authored the textbook Bioseparation Process Science (Blackwell Science). Dr. García is also actively involved in education and human resource projects aimed at improving math, science, and engineering education as well as meeting the demand for a technological workforce as the nation's demographics changes.

Research Interest

  • Medical diagnostic devices
  • Nanotechnology surface science
  • Mobile optical and thermal devices for diagnostics and drug delivery
  • Photo and Magneto Responsive nanoparticles
  • Biomolecular detection systems
  • Materials characterization techniques, especially XPS, SPM, and surface spectroscopies
  • Pre-Surveillance tools for Public Health

Scientific Activities

Award and Honors


Graduate Opportunity Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley


Graduate Teaching Award, College of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley


NSF Research Initiation Award


Community Service Award, Chandler Public Schools, Chandler, Arizona


Wakonse Fellow


Dr. Manuel Servin Faculty Award


  1. Lipowicz, Michelle, García, A. A., Handheld Device Adapted to Smartphone Cameras for the Measurement of Sodium Ion Concentrations at Saliva-Relevant Levels via Fluorescence, Bioengineering 2015, 2(2), 122-138.
  2. García A. A., Luis Nuñez, Charles John, Habtom Hadish, Victor Orioke and Vladimiro Mujica, Application of Newton’s Zero Order Caustic for Analysis and Measurement: Part-I Absorbance, International Research Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry, ISSN: 2231-3443,Vol.: 4, Issue: 1 (January-March) Page 46-59. (2013).
  3. García A. A., Luis Nuñez, Carissa Henricksen and Vladimiro Mujica, Application of Newton’s Zero Order Caustic for Analysis and Measurement: Part II Fluorescence, International Research Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry, ISSN: 2231-3443,Vol.: 4, Issue: 1 (January-March) Page 1-13. (2013)
  4. García A. A., Luis Nuñez, Angel Lastra, and Vladimiro Mujica, Application of Newton’s Zero Order Caustic for Analysis and Measurement: Part-III Light Scattering, International Research Journal of Pure and Applied Chemistry, ISSN: 2231-3443,Vol.: 4, Issue: 1 (January-March) Page 144-158. (2013)
  5. Yanashima R, García AA, Aldridge J, Weiss N, Hayes MA, Andrews, J., Cutting a Drop of Water Pinned by Wire Loops Using a Superhydrophobic Surface and Knife. PLoS ONE 7(9): e45893. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0045893 (2012).
  6. Weiss, NG, Hayes, MA, Garcia, A.A., Ansari, RR, Isoelectric focusing in a drop, Langmuir, 27(1), 494-8 (2011).
  7. Rastogi V, Garcia A.A., Marquez M, et al., Anisotropic Particle Synthesis Inside Droplet Templates on Superhydrophobic Surfaces MACROMOLECULAR RAPID COMMUNICATIONS Volume: 31 Issue: 2 Special Issue: Sp. Iss. SI Pages: 190-195 Published: JAN 18 2010
  8. Wang M, Vail SA, Keirstead AE, Garcia A.A., Preparation of photochromic poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) fibers by electrospinning POLYMER Volume: 50 Issue: 16 Pages: 3974-3980 Published: JUL 31 2009.
  9. Hayes MA, Petkus MM, Garcia AA, et al., Demonstration of sandwich and competitive modulated supraparticle fluoroimmunoassay applied to cardiac protein biomarker myoglobin , Analyst, Volume: 134 Issue: 3 Pages: 533-541 Published: 2009
  10. Bramwell, F, Campbell, P, B., Chu Clewell, B., Davis, D., Fortenberry, N., Garcia, A. A., Nelson D., Thomas V.G., Stoll, A., Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Broadening Participation Projects, National Science Foundation, June 30, 2009.
  11. Rastogi V, Melle S, Calderon OG, et al., Synthesis of Light-Diffracting Assemblies from Microspheres and Nanoparticles in Droplets on a Superhydrophobic Surface, ADVANCED MATERIALS Volume: 20 Issue: 22 Pages: 4263-4268 Published: NOV 18 2008 Antonio A. García 12 5/4/16
  12. Schneider J, Egatz-Gomez A, Melle S, et al., Motion of viscous drops on superhydrophobic surfaces due to magnetic gradients, COLLOIDS AND SURFACES A-PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS Volume: 323 Issue: 1-3 Pages: 19-27 Published: JUN 20 2008
  13. Egatz-Gomez and A. A. Garcia, "Molecular Diagnostics Using A Single Drop of Biological Fluid," in Nanotechnology: Towards Reducing Animal Testing, The Royal Society, London, 2008.
  14. Krishnamurthy S, Yadav A, Phelan PE, et al., Dynamics of rotating paramagnetic particle chains simulated by particle dynamics, Stokesian dynamics and lattice Boltzmann methods, MICROFLUIDICS AND NANOFLUIDICS Volume: 5 Issue: 1 Pages: 33-41 Published: JUL 2008.
  15. Rios L, Garcia A.A., Dendrimer based non-competitive fluoroimmunoassay for analysis of cortisol, Reactive & Functional Polymers, Reactive and Functional Polymers, 68 (1), 307-314 (2008).
  16. Garcia, A., Seal, B., Marquez M., Hu, Z., Method for tracking nanogel particles in vivo and in vitro, Biotechnology Journal, 2008 Jul;3(7):954-8.
  17. Haag S, Hubele N, Garcia A, Engineering undergraduate attrition and contributing factors, International Journal of Engineering Education 23 (5), 929-940 (2007).
  18. “Digital Magnetofluidics: Nanotechnology to Make Medical Testing More Accessible”, 4th World Congress on Biomimetics, Artificial Muscles and Nano-Bio, Torre Pacheco, Spain, November 2007. (Invited Paper)
  19. Yang D, Piech M, Bell NS, Gust D, Vail S, Garcia AA, Schneider J, Park CD, Hayes MA, Picraux ST, Photon control of liquid motion on reversibly photoresponsive surfaces, Langmuir 23 (21), 10864- 10872 (2007).
  20. Schneider, J., Garcia, A. , Marquez M., Automated digital magnetofluidics, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, accepted April 2008.
  21. A A. García, Ana Egatz-Gómez, S.A. Lindsay, P. Domínguez-García, S. Melle, M. Marquez, M. A. Rubio, S. T. Picraux, D. Yang, P. Aella, M. A. Hayes, D. Gust, S. Loyprasert, T. Vazquez-Alvarez, J. Wang, “Magnetic movement of biological fluid droplets”, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 311, 238–243 (2007).
  22. Ana Egatz-Gómez, John Schneider, P. Aella, Dongqing Yang, P. Domínguez-García, Solitaire Lindsay, S. T. Picraux, Miguel A. Rubio, Sonia Melle, Manuel Marquez, Antonio A. García Silicon Nanowire and Polyethylene Superhydrophobic Surfaces for Discrete Magnetic Microfluidics, Applied Surface Science 254 (1). 330-334. (2007).
  23. Solitaire Lindsay, Terannie Vázquez, Ana Egatz-Gόmez, Suchera Loyprasert, Antonio A. Garcia, Joseph Wang, “Discrete microfluidics with electrochemical detection”, Analyst, 132, 412 (2007).
  24. Melissa McLauchlin, Mark Hayes, Antonio A. Garcia, Devens Gust, and Tom Picraux, “Evaporative Properties and Pinning Strength of Laser-Ablated, Hydrophilic Sites on Lotus Leaf-Like, Fractal Surface”, Langmuir 23 (9): 4871-4877 (2007).
  25. Sonia Melle, Antonio A. Garcia, Ana Gomez, Solitaire Lindsay, Mark Hayes, Devens Gust, Digital Antonio A. García 13 5/4/16 Magnetofluidics, W02007101174A2, PCT/US2007/062842 (2007).
  26. Roxana García, Anil Vuppu, Ana Egatz-Gomez, Lynnette Ríos, Kathleen Matt, Mark Hayes, Antonio A.García, Flow-Through Labeled Cortisol Detection in a Glass Microchannel, planned submission to Sensors and Actuators, August 2008.
  27. Yadav, A., Calhoun, R., Phelan, P. E., Vuppu, A. K., Garcia, A. A.,Hayes, M., Dynamics of rotating paramagnetic particles simulated by lattice Boltzmann and particle dynamics methods, IEEE Proceedings-Nanobiotechnology 153 (6): 145-150 (2006).
  28. Gomez, A., Melle, S. Garcia, A.A.,, Picraux, T., Taraci, J.L., Clement, T., Hayes, M., Gust, D., Marquez, M., Dominguez-Garcia, P. , Rubio, M.A., Discrete magnetic microfluidics, Applied Physics Letters 89, 034106 (2006).
  29. Z. Hu, M. Marquez, A. Garcia, S. Vail, T. Cai, R. Rosario, Photo, Thermal, and pH Responsive Microgels, Langmuir, 23 (1), 224-229 (2007).
  30. R. Calhoun, A. Yadav, P. Phelan, A. Vuppu, A.A Garcia and M. Hayes. Paramagnetic particles and mixing in micro-scale flows, Lab On a Chip, 2006, 6, 247–257.
  31. Matthew M. Petkus, Melissa McLauchlin, Anil K. Vuppu, Lynnette Rios,Antonio A. Garcia, and Mark A. Hayes, Detection of FITC-cortisol via Modulated Supraparticle Lighthouses, Anal. Chem. 2006, 78,1405-1411
  32. Egatz-Gomez, Ana, Mellles, Sonia, Garcia, Antonio A. et al, Discrete magnetic microfluidics Applied Physics Letters, Vol 89, Issue 12, Article Number 129902 (2006).
  33. Egatz-Gomez, S. Melle, A. A. García, S. Lindsay, M. A. Rubio, P. Domínguez, T. Picraux, J. Taraci, T. Clement, and M. Hayes, "Superhydrophobic Nanowire Surfaces for Drop Movement Using Magnetic Fields," in NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show. vol. 2, NSTI, Ed. Boston, Ma, 2006, pp. 501-504.
  34. R. García, A. Vuppu, A. Egatz-Gomez-, A. A. García, “Lock-in Signal Amplification using Microrotors for Rapid and Sensitive Detection of Cortisol”, AAPS National Biotechnology Conference, June 7-8, 2005, San Francisco, California.
  35. Ronald Calhoun, Antonio A. Garcia, CFD Analysis of Paramagnetic Particle Containment in Microwells, Lab On a Chip 5 (10): 1075-1082 (2005).
  36. Rohit Rosario, Tom Picraux, Antonio A. Garcia, Devens Gust, Mark Hayes,Light-Driven Microfluidic Devices and amplifications of stimulus-induced wetting, US20090078326A1, US11629365 (2005).
  37. Garcia, Antonio A. Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities LSAMP, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society Vol 229, Pages U374-U374 (2005).
  38. Garcia Antonio A., Marquez, M, Gust D., et al, Dual Photo and Thermo responsive hydrogels, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society Vol 229, Pages U61-U61 (2005). Antonio A. García 14 5/4/16
  39. Antonio A. Garcia, Rohit Rosario, John Devens Gust, Mark Hayes, Manuel Marquez, Zhibing Hu, Tong Cai, Photoresponsive hydrogels, W02005072334A2, PCT/US2005/002317 (2005).
  40. Vuppu AK, Garcia AA, Hayes MA, et al. Phase sensitive enhancement for biochemical detection using rotating paramagnetic particle chains , Journal of Applied Physics 96 (11): 6831-6838 (2004).
  41. Vuppu, A., Saha, S., Garcia, A.A., Phelan, P., Hayes, M., and Calhoun, R.. “Modeling Microflow Around a Microrotor in Creeping Flow Using a Quasi-Steady State Analysis”, Lab on A Chip, 4 (3): 201-208 2004
  42. Sheng YH, Leszczynski J, Garcia AA, et al. Comprehensive theoretical study of the conversion reactions of spiropyrans: Substituent and solvent effects, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 108 (41): 16233-16243 OCT 14 2004
  43. Rosario, R.; Gust, D.; Garcia, A. A.; Hayes, M.; Taraci, J. L.; Clement, T.; Dailey, J. W.; Picraux, S. T.,“Lotus Effect Amplifies Light-Induced Contact Angle Switching”, J. Phys. Chem. B. ; 108, 12640 (2004).
  44. B. C. Bunker, B. I. Kim, J. E. Houston, R. Rosario, A. A. Garcia, M. Hayes, D. Gust, and S. T. Picraux, "Direct observation of photo switching in tethered spiropyrans using the interfacial force microscope" Nano Letters, 2003, 3(12), 1723-1727.
  45. Chell Roberts, Dale Baker, Stephen Krause, Antonio Garcia, Sharon Robinson Kurpius, James A. Middleton, Don Evans, Mary Anderson-Rowland, Debra Banks, Cheryl Gengler, Peter Crouch, and Senay Yasar “Designing a Graduate Education Course for Design, Engineering, and Technological Concepts for K-12 Teachers”, Frontiers in Education, June 2003.
  46. Rosario, R.; Gust, D.; Hayes, M.; Garcia, A. A., “Solvatochromic study of the microenvironment of surface bound spiropyrans” Langmuir, 2003, 19, 8801-8806.
  47. Vuppu, A., Garcia, A.A, Hayes, M., “Video Microscopy of Dynamically Aggregated Paramagnetic Particle Microrotors in an Applied Rotating Magnetic Field”, Langmuir, 19, pp.8646-8653, 2003.
  48. Rosario, R.; Gust, D.; Hayes, M.; Jahnke, F.; Springer, J.; Garcia, A. A., “Photon-Modulated Wettability Changes on Spiropyran-Coated Surfaces”Langmuir 18(21), 8062-8069 (2002).
  49. Jaya, M., García, A.A., “Binding of biotin labeled horseradish peroxidase using immobilized palladium ions”, Reactive and Functional Polymers, 51 (2002) 15-24.
  50. Hayes, M., A. A. García, N. Polson, A. Phayre. "Flow-Based Microimmunoassays", Analytical Chemistry, 73 (2001) 5896-5902.
  51. Hayes, M., A. A. García, N. Polson, "Active Control of Dynamic Supraparticle Structures in Microchannels", Langmuir; 2001; 17(9); 2866-2871.
  52. Bonen, M., García, A. A., Hoffman, S., “A comparison of silver ion to streptavidin coated microplates”, J. Microbiological. Methods, 44, 113-120 (2001). Antonio A. García 15 5/4/16
  53. Bonen, M. and García, A. A., "Silver ion microplates for immunoassays”, Biotechniques, 30 (6) (2001) 1340-1351.
  54. García, A. A., Cherian, S., Gust, D., Jahnke, F., and Rosario, R., "Photon-Controlled Phase Partitioning of Spiropyrans", J. Phys. Chem. 104 (2000) 6103 - 6338.
  55. J. Ramirez-Vick, J. Lee, and A. A. García, “Immobilization of Silver Ions Onto Paramagnetic Particles For Binding and Release of A Biotin-Labeled Oligonucleotide”, Reactive and Functional Polymers, 43 (2000) 53-62
  56. Ong, E.W., Razdan, A., Garcia, A.A., Pizziconi, V.B., Ramakrishna,B.L., Glaunsinger, W.S. “Interactive Nano-Visualization of Materials over the Internet”, Journal of Chemical Education, 77(9), 1114-1115 (2000).
  57. A. Garcia, M. A. Hayes, N. A. Polson, A. Vuppu, Rapid Flow-Based Immunoassay Microdevice, W02001098785A2, PCT/US2001/041037, (2000).
  58. Garcia, Antonio A., Bioseparations Using Complex Systems and Micromanufacturing Techniques, Abstracts of Papers to the Amercian Chemical Society Volume 219 Pages U728-U728 (2000).
  59. Liu, Y.F., Garcia, A.A., “Three Phase Countercurrent Extraction”, Chemical Engineering Communication, 182 (2000) 239-259.
  60. García, A.A., Bonen, M., Ramíez-Vick, J., Sadaka, M., Vuppu, A., Bioseparation Process Science, Blackwell Science Inc, Malden, MA (1999). Second Printing 2002 for Mainland China market
  61. Sadaka, M., Garcia, A.A., “Extraction of Shikimic and Quinic Acdis”, Chemical Engineering Communications, 173 (1999) 91-102.
  62. Glaunsinger, W.S., Ramakrishna, B.L., Garcia, A.A. et al., Scanning Probe Microscopy Nanolaboratory Development Project and Beyond, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society Volume 218 Pages U323-U323 (1999).
  63. Ong, E. W., Ramakrishna, B.L., Pizziconi, V., Garcia A. A., Glaunsinger W., et al., Remote Scanning Probe Microscopy and Distance Learning in Chemistry, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society Volume 218 Pages U251-U251 (1999).
  64. Garcia, A.A., Ramirez-Vick J., Perusich S., et al., Affinity Recovery of DNA Using Silver Ions, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society Volume 217 Pages U159-U159 (1999).
  65. Glaunsinger, W.W., Ramakrishna, B.L., One, E.W., Gacria, A.A., Pizziconi, V., et al., Distance Education via the World Wide Web, Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society Volume 217 Pages U519-U519 (1999).
  66. García, A.A., and M. Bonen, Immobilized Silver Immunoassay System, W02000021665A1, PCT/US1999/023902(1999).
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