No Small Thing: Microfluidics

Microfluidics is generally used to describe any technology that moves microscopic and nano-scale quantities of fluid through channels on a MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical System). Devices in this realm are expected to have the capabilities to accurately manipulate minute volumes of fluid well below the microliter range.

Microfluidics encompasses many different areas of research. With its foundation laid in the 1980s through the research that occurred in inkjet print heads, DNA chips, and lab-on-chip technology, microfluidics has expanded into many new fields. Along with its continuing use in engineering, physics, and chemistry, the latest microfluidics growth is occurring in pharmaceutical and biotechnology research.

Why use Microfluidics?

  • Reduction of cost per experiment by consuming a much smaller volume of reagent
  • Significant reduction of time and cost per test
  • Safer chemical experiments and reactions
  • Improved data quality
  • Increased resolution of separations

Cole-Parmer offers a range of products for Life Science including items for Microfluidic research. These include nanoliter syringe pumps, electrophoresis products, microplates, and lab-on-chip products.

 

 

 

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