Microfluidic applications

Rui A. Lima
Mechanical Engineering and Resource Sustainability Center (MEtRICs)
Universidade do Minho Campus de Azurém, Guimarães 4800-058, Portugal

 Microfluidics usually refers to devices and methods to control microflows. Research flow studies with length scales less than a millimeter have been studied for several decades by different research areas including colloid science, plant biology and rheology. Recently, due to advances in microfabrication technology and advantages of the microscale (such as sample size reduction, short measurement time and small reagent volume) have attracted the industry and many other research fields such as bioengineering, energy and environment.

This presentation has shown several microfluidic applications such as in vitro blood flow in microchannels, production of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microparticles, separation, sorting and novel disease diagnosis.

 Catarino et al., Micromachines 2019, 10(9), 593; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi10090593