Scientific research has been carried out around laboratory research and experiments, involving many people, equipment and resources. Although technological progress has reduced the space, manpower and materials needed for testing, no technology has the same impact and prospect as microfluidic technology.
Microfluidics: The Basics
Microfluidic chips can be as small as 1 centimeter, helping researchers to perform multiple tests quickly without the need for traditional laboratory procedures.
Micro flicker-based ODM chips have microchannels and are molded to be very thin. Fluids can be transported through these channels and connected to diagnostic devices through sockets and inlet ports. On request, the diameter of the passages varies from 5 to 500 metres. The latest structures built on microflluals now provide submicronic accuracy.
There are several applications of microfluidics, each requiring different structures and networks of channels designed for specific purposes.
Miniaturization In History
Before the invention of microfluidic technology, researchers have been involved in miniaturization technology for many years, especially microelectronics technology. The main pursuit is to reduce the size of equipment to achieve a more energy-efficient, faster and cheaper system.
A term invented in the late 1960s, microelectromechanical systems, laid the groundwork for microelectromechanical systems. Mems involves reducing the volume of mechanical systems and developing micromachining techniques using silicon semiconductors. It was then discovered that silicon chips could also be used to process light, motion and, most importantly, chemicals.
The inkjet printhead is the first to demonstrate this technology, which uses thermal effect or piezoelectric effect to produce micron-sized droplets. After several decades, the chemical analysis system has been miniaturized.
Later, more academic research attempts, the emergence of a new substitute to replace silicon processing.
But Why Microfluidics?
Microfluorine is currently the most advanced microscale technology for chemical and physical properties using gases and liquids. Traditional systems do not match microfluorescence-based devices for a variety of reasons.
First, the analysis of microfluidic chips requires a small number of test samples. Reduced the need for reagents and chemicals, greatly reducing costs. In addition, because of the small chip size, the microfluidic technology can carry out multiple tests at the same time, thus speeding up the loss-to-profit rate.
The data quality provided by the chip is very good, and several parameters can be basically controlled. This also opens the door to automation. In addition, users can generate multi-step reactions without high professional level.
Tech Of The Future
DNA analysis, microfluidics droplets, cell culture, lab on a chip, organ on a chip, and so on are just some of the applications of microfluidics. The latest technology allows manufacturers to use a variety of raw materials to make custom chips for any liquid crystal display application.
New designs using microfluidics to interact with environments such as open spaces are being developed. Biologists also praised the Drop-seq technology, which is developed based on microfluidic technology and is helpful to analyze thousands of different RNA cells at the same time.
Because of its extremely reliable structure and low cost, more and more manufacturers are trying to commercialize microfluidic.
Of course, the microfluidic technology is still very new and still in the experimental stage.