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What is Microfluidics

Microfluidics is the science of manipulating and controlling fluids, usually in the range of microliters (10-6) to picoliters (10-12), in networks of channels with dimensions from tens to hundreds of micrometers. This discipline takes its origins in the early 1990’s and has grown exponentially. It is viewed as an essential tool for life science research or in a larger way in biotechnologies.

In this section, you will have access to all the information regarding Microfluidic definitions and advantages, how to choose a microfluidic chip and the History of Microfluidics.

Microfluidics offers revolutionary new capabilities. It is still quite a new technology and there is a lot of work to perform so that it will solve problems for users who are not experts in fluid physics such as clinicians, cell biologists, and public health officials.

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Microfluidics is the science of manipulating and controlling fluids, usually in the range of microliters (106) to picoliters (1012), in networks of channels with dimensions from tens to hundreds of micrometers. This discipline takes its origins in the early 1990’s and has grown exponentially. It is viewed as an essential tool for life science research or in a larger way in biotechnologies.

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Controlling flow rate is critical for most microfluidic applications. The goal of this article is to compare the pros and cons of these 3 types of devices, in order to help you to choose the best solution for your microfluidic application. To do this, a short description of each instrument and their main advantages and drawbacks will be presented.

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Microfluidic chips are devices used in studies in which micro-channels have been molded or patterned. The channels forming the chip are connected together to allow fluids to pass through different channels, going from one place to another. This network is connected to the outside environment through inlet and outlet ports. The liquids (or gases) are injected, managed, and/or removed from the chip passively or actively.

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The principles of microfluidics have been applied in a wide variety of areas, including medical diagnostics, drug discovery, drug delivery, microscale chemical production, combinatorial synthesis and assays, artificial organs, microscale energy systems, and environmental sensing. Here we discuss some applications where microfluidics achieves results that would be very challenging to obtain when using conventional methods.

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Microfluidic chips can be produced using various methods (photolithography, molding, etching, embossing, 3D printing), allowing to design micrometric structures such as channels, chambers and wells. The main materials for chip production are inorganic materials (glass, silicon, ceramic…), polymers (COC, PMMA, PDMS …), or organic materials (generally paper). The material dictates chip properties.

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Microfluidic chips are the devices used in microfluidic studies in which micro-channels have been molded or patterned. The micro-channels forming the microfluidic chip are connected together in order to allow fluids to pass through different channels, going from one place to another.

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MicroTAS International Conference gathers companies and researchers to report research results from multiple fields such as microfluidics, microfabrication, nanotechnology, and integration. It also offers plenary talks as well as contributed oral presentations and posters. Despite the current situation, it’s been decided to maintain this strong tradition with an online edition. Of course, Fluigent answered the call once again. Through a series of events, learn more about our products, projects, and much more.

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