Microfluidics for Lab on a Chip Systems
Lab on Chip systems, i.e. small analysis units, are enabling more and more on-site measurement of chemical and biochemical parameters. If the systems are also portable, they are referred to as Point of Care or Point of Need systems. The fields of application for such systems include human and veterinary diagnostics, food safety and quality, as well as environmental analysis.
Microfluidics represents a key technology for the miniaturization and automation of all necessary liquid handling steps. The integrated fluid handling steps include sample preparation (metering, dilution, mixing, purification, DNA isolation,…) and processing (reagent delivery, DNA amplification,…) as well as short and long-term reagent storage.
For disposable systems, Fraunhofer ENAS applies its unique integrated pumping technology in order to achieve highly integrated and smart systems. The developed workflows target a fast and reliable sample-in-answer-out approach.