SDR Scientific provides a range of tools to assist researchers working in the field of microfluidics.
Microfluidics is the science of handling and controlling fluids, usually in the microlitre to picolitre range. This is often in networks of channels with dimensions from tens to hundreds of micrometres. This discipline has its origins in the early 1990’s and has grown exponentially since then. It is viewed as an essential tool for life science research or, more widely, in biotechnology.
The primary advantages of microfluidics are the ability:
- To use very small quantities of samples and reagents
- To carry out separations and detection with high resolution and sensitivity
- To lower costs
- To shorten analysis times
- To allow for compact devices
Microfluidic systems also offer excellent data quality and improved parameter control, allowing process automation while maintaining performance. They have the capacity to both process and analyse samples with minor sample handling. The combination of the microfluidic chip and the fluid handling system is designed so that the incorporated automation allows users to generate multi-step reactions requiring a low level of expertise and many functionalities.
Due to the low volumes required, microfluidic technology represents a promising alternative to conventional laboratory techniques. It makes it possible to have complete laboratory protocols on a single chip of a few square centimetres.