Micron-sized laboratory

Kulshreshtha, Anand Kumar
July 2007
Chemical Business;Jul2007, Vol. 21 Issue 7, p43
Trade Publication
Lab-on-a-chip and Lab-in-a-drop [microfluidics] are offshoots of miniaturizing due to recent developments in Nanotechnology. The microfluidics field lies at the interfaces between biotechnology, medical industry, chemistry and MEMS. Thanks to microfluidics, inkjet printers became much faster and more precise than the common dot-matrix printers. In the academic world, microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip are popular research fields. Students, PhDs and post-docs are showing revolutionary results, obtained after many years of research.. By turning a batch process into a continuous flaw process the volume of liquid used for one experiment can be decreased by three orders of magnitude. Therefore, microfluidics results in a significant reduction of the cost per analysis. Microfluidic/Lab-On-Cbip technologies are rapidly maturing and providing mission critical value in life science research.


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