Microfluidic Tips and Tricks

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I have started to assemble information and categorize them into specific topics hopefully to be helpful for people interested in learning the topics.
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Some sites on tips and chips regarding microfluidics
Chips and Tips from LOC, RSC

Introduction





Dimensionless numbers in microfluidics

Biosafety

Laboratory Disinfection Sterilization

Design & Fabrication




Choosing the right world-to-chip interface for your application is as important as the microfluidic chip design.
Different applications demand optimal interface. For example, in cell applications with microscopy, good interface with air tight sealing and sterility is essential together with low obstruction of optical inspection. For microfluidic biosensor applications, reservoirs interface may be of interest to hold large volume sample.



Porous PDMS

Bonding of microfluidics chip
  • reversible PDMS chip bonding
  • bonding glass chips





Tips on designing model and fabrication using 3D printing (FDM and objet)

Hot embossing microstructures to thermoplastics

Specific applications





 (key parameter to keeping cells alive on chip, but not the only one)

(Tabletop ones and one small enough that can be put in incubators)





Droplet microfluidics

Development of compact open-source phase contrast microscope

Working with chamber slides

Training

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