Have you recently found yourself wondering, "What is microfluidics?" Want to learn more about microfluidics and how important it is and will become? You've come to the right place! Microfluidics is a growing technology that involves controlled fluid flow on the microscale. Operating at this scale offers several advantages that can be leverage in medical devices and research. A microfluidic device can also be called a lab-on-a-chip as it can contain many necessary lab functions in a single device. This article will serve as your launching pad to my posts that focus on fundamental aspects of microfluidics. This will continually be updated, so be sure to bookmark it and check back soon for the next post!

 

Microfluidics: Beginner's Guide

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If you're new to microfluidics, this is the perfect place to start. It will give you all the background needed to appreciate the rest of these entries. This post covers:

  • Origins of Microfluidics
  • Advantages of Microfluidics
  • Applications of Microfluidics

 

Microvalves

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Microvalves are essential for the production of sophisticated microfluidic devices. Microvalves allow more independent reactions and processes to occur in the same device. This post covers:

  • Solenoid Microvalves
  • Screw Microvalves
  • Pneumatic (Quake) Microvalves

 

PDMS

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Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is currently the favorite building material in microfluidics. Learn what makes it unique, and how it is used in a cost-effective way to manufacture complex structures.