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Tom Merrill

Associate Professor

Tom Merrill

Biography:

Tom Merrill's research interests include energy systems, biotransport modeling, and medical devices. Prior to Rowan University, Dr. Merrill worked for 13 years including United Technologies Carrier, Abiomed, Wyeth Research, MicroDose Technologies, and FocalCool - a medical device startup company. He received his degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State (Ph.D.), the University of Michigan (M.S.), and Bucknell University (B.S.). He currently teaches thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and biotransport.

Contact Information
Email: merrill@rowan.edu
Phone: 856-256-5343
Homepage: http://tlmerrill.pbworks.com/

Office: Rm. 231
Office Hours: Please see my homepage

Publications

Refereed Journal Publications:

Sikorski, R.A., Merrill, D.R. and Merrill, T.L., Predicting Regional Brain Cooling Following Intracranial Thrombectomy With Localized Therapeutic Hypothermia, J. Med. Devices 7(3), 030927 (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4024514, Jul 03, 2013

Dahm, K., Riddell, W., Merrill, T., Harvey, R., and Weiss, L., Implementing Entrepreneurial Assignments in a Multidisciplinary, Sophomore-Level Design Course, Advances in Engineering Education, Volume 3, Number 3, http://advances.asee.org/vol03/issue03/09.cfm, (36 pages), Winter 2013.

Merrill, T.L., Mingin, T., Merrill, D.R., Akers, J.E., Perfusion, "A Hemolysis Study of an Intravascular Blood Cooling System for Localized Organ Tissue Cooling" doi: 10.1177/0267659112462733. Epub 2012 Oct 9.

Merrill, T.L., Merrill, D.R., Akers, J.E., Improved ease of use designs for rapid heart cooling, J. Med. Devices, Volume 6, Issue 3, 035001, http://dx.doi.org/10.1115/1.4006853, (10 pages) September 2012.

Merrill, T. L., Merrill, D. R., Nilsen, T., Akers, J., Design of a Cooling Guide Catheter for Rapid Heart Cooling, J. Med. Devices, Volume 4, Issue 3, 035001(8 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4002063, September 2010.

Vasilyev, D.V, Merrill, T.L, Iwanow, A., Dunlop, J, Bowlby, M.R., A novel method for patch-clamp automation, European Journal of Physiology, ISSN: 0031-6768 (Paper) 1432-2013 (Online) DOI: 10.1007/s00424-005-0029-2, April 5, 2006.

Vasylyev, D.V., Merrill, T.L., Bowlby, M. R., Development of a Novel Automated Ion Channel Recording Method Using "Inside-Out" Whole-Cell Membranes, Journal of Biomolecular Screening, October 18, 2005 as doi:10.1177/1087057105279481.

Merrill, T.L., Therapeutic Hypothermia, Edited by S. Mayer and D. Sessler, Book Chapter 9: Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer and co-author of Chapter 10: Surface and Endovascular Cooling. Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, (2005).

Hattler, B.G., Lund L.W., Golob, J., Russian, H., Merrill, T.L., Frankowski, B., and Federspiel, W.J., A respiratory gas exchange catheter: In vitro and in vivo tests in large animals, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 124, pp. 520-530, (2002).

Golob, J.F., Federspiel W.J., Merrill, T.L., Frankowski, B.J., Litwak K., Russian H., and Hattler B.G., Acute in-vivo testing of an intravascular respiratory support catheter, Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, 47(5), pp. 432-437, Sep-Oct (2001).

Merrill, T.L., Thermally controlled bubble collapse in binary solutions, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol. 43, pp. 3287-3298, (2000).



Refereed Conference Presentations:

Sikorski, R., Merrill, D.R., and Merrill, T.L., Computational Modeling of the Canine Middle Cerebral Artery During Localized Hypothermia Stroke Treatment, SBC2013-14596, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) 2013 Summer Biomedical Engineering Conference, Sunriver, OR, June 20-23, 2013.

Sikorski, R., Merrill, D.R., and Merrill, T.L., Predicting Regional Brain Cooling Following Intracranial Thrombectomy, ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April, 2013.

Sikorski, R., Chapman, B.E., and Merrill, T.L., Two dimensional blood shear modeling in a blood cooling catheter, Comsol 2012 Conference Proceedings, Boston, MA, October 2012.

Sikorski, R., and Merrill, T.L., Three dimensional blood cooling model inside a carotid bifurcation, Comsol 2012 Conference Proceedings, Boston, MA, October 2012.

Mingin, T., Akers, J., Merrill, D.R., Chapman, B.E., Jones, B., Merrill, T.L., Ex Vivo Blood Damage Measurement for an Intravascular Blood Cooling and Delivery System, SBC2012-80546, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) 2012 Summer Biomedical Engineering Conference, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, June 20-23, 2012.

Merrill, T.L., Akers, J., Merrill, D.R., Localized Brain Tissue Cooling For Use During Intracranial Thrombectomy, SBC2012-80833, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) 2012 Summer Biomedical Engineering Conference, Fajardo, Puerto Rico, June 20-23, 2012.

Akers, J.E., Merrill, D.R., Gorman, R. L, Merrill, T.L. Localized Cooling Device for Myocardial Tissue Salvage, SBC2011-53155, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) 2011 Summer Biomedical Engineering Conference, Farmington, PA, June 22-25, 2011.

LaBarck, A, J., Akers, J.E., Merrill, T. L., Tissue Oxygen Transport during Reperfusion and Post-conditioning, SBC2011-53064 , American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) 2011 Summer Biomedical Engineering Conference, Farmington, PA, June 22-25, 2011.

Constans, E., Kadlowec, J., Bhatia, K.K., Zhang, H., Merrill, H., and Angelone, B. Integrating the Mechanical Engineering Curriculum Using a Long-term Green Design Project Part 1: The Hybrid Powertrain, American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX, June 10-13, 2011.

La Barck, A.J., Akers. J.E., and Merrill, T.L., Fluid Dynamics of Blood Flow during Reperfusion and Post-conditioning, Comsol 2010 Conference Proceedings, Boston, MA, October 2010.

La Barck, A., Akers. J.E., and Merrill, T., Fluid Dynamics of Blood Flow during Reperfusion and Post-conditioning, Comsol 2009 Conference Proceedings, Boston, MA, October 2009.

Montgomery, P., Pavelchak, M., and Merrill, T,Structural Mechanics of Cooling Catheters, Comsol 2008 Conference Proceedings, Boston, MA, October 2008.

Fluid Dynamics of Blood Flow during Reperfusion and Post-conditioning, La Barck, A., Docimo, J, and Merrill, T., Comsol 2008 Conference Proceedings, Boston, MA, October 2008

Book Chapters:

Therapeutic Hypothermia, Edited by S. Mayer and D. Sessler, Chapter 9: Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer and co-author of Chapter 10: Surface and Endovascular Cooling. Marcel Dekker, New York, NY, (2005).

Patents:

Merrill. T.L., Cooling Guide Catheter and Associated Method of Use, US 8,353,942, Issued January 15, 2013.

Merrill, T.L., Active surface exchange catheter and method, US 7,211,066, Issued May 1, 2007.

Vasylyev, D. V., Merrill, T.L, Bowby, M.R., Federkiewicz, A., Perfusion system and apparatus for automated multichannel patch-clamp recording utilizing inside-out whole cell configuration, US 7,465,558 B2, Issued November 17, 2005.

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