Microfluidics

Microfluidic devices enable researchers to miniaturize their experimentation by flowing tiny amounts of reagents through small pipes. The result is that experiments can be performed at much lower cost, with much higher sensitivity, and in higher detail.

Traditionally, microfluidic devices are expensive and difficult to prototype (at least on our budget :-) ). The Microfluidics team’s work focuses on bringing the costs of microfluidics down by 3D printing chip molds, and using these low-cost chips to validate existing research in chip design.

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The microfluidic controller. Visible is the display, body, and inlet tubing. This is the device that controls the flow of fluids through microchannels.

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Team members building the controller in Spring Quarter 2018.

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A microfluidic chip made from the polymer PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane) on a glass slide.