Passive droplet microsystems

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The vast majority of analytical and diagnostic protocols are based on liquid chemistry. This requires handling of multiple liquid aliquots and often performing on them a number of iterative operations. Could these liquid handling protocols be executed in microfluidic systems that do not require any fidelity of automation in handling? We believe that it is possible and we design and construct microfluidic chips that encode the liquid handling protocols in the geometry of the channels. Passive modules can precisely meter micro-aliquots of liquid, split them, merge them, shift them and position them on the chip for monitoring. We are interested in developing systems for applications in analytical chemistry and in vitro diagnostics, including colorimetric and molecular biology assays. We are also using the passive modules in automated systems for long-term culturing of microorganisms and studies of membrane proteins.

Published 2013-10-28, 8:51

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Created by PONG, design Maciej Szkopański.