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What is microfluidics?

Microfluidics deals with miniaturized fluid handling devices - networks of small channels where at least one dimension typically is in the range of 10 − 500 µm. These can be fabricated in various materials, and one very common is the soft polymer, polydimethylsiloxane, or PDMS, for short.

This substance has many advantages; for one it’s transparent, thus can easily be combined with optical microscopy. It shows no cytotoxic effects, is permeable to gases and can easily be tailored to whatever purpose aimed, hence, is optimal for biological samples such as bacteria, yeast cells, mammalian cells. However, it is considered a “crawling” and “dirty” material and therefore demands a constrained and limited working area. In Sweden, there are very few facilities like this available and the aim is to keep this infrastructure open for researchers locally, nationally and to some extent also industrial researchers are welcome. Priority though, is given to academic research groups and collaborators of such.

Page Manager: Måns Henningson|Last update: 5/19/2016

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