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Microfluidic devices: design, technology, and applications

Veranstalter: ZARM Universität Bremen
Ort: ZARM Am Fallturm 2 - 28359 Bremen
Beginn: 30. Januar 2019, 13:00 Uhr
Ende: 30. Januar 2019, 14:00 Uhr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael J. Vellekoop

University of Bremen, Institute for MicroSensors, -Actuators and -Systems (IMSAS)

Microfluidic devices allow the physical or biochemical analysis of small samples of fluid. The basis consists of a chip containing microchannels with a typical diameter of 20 to 200 µm. Microactuators and microsensors can be added to the system or integrated into the chip for manipulation and analysis of the fluid.

At IMSAS we have a laboratory (clean room) available for the realization of microfluidic devices, sensors, and microsystems. The chips are made from different materials, such as silicon, glass, or polymers. Since a few years 3D printing (from cm level down to the µm level) is an additional technology to realize microfluidic devices.

We are involved in several projects concerning the analysis of fluids and biological particles such as bacteria or mammalian cells. In the talk, some applications will be discussed to illustrate the design and technology aspects. Examples are multiflow microfluidics, phononic sensors for the determination of physical parameters of liquids, a mammalian cell culture chip, dielectrophoresis for particle separation, and on-chip synthetic membranes to mimic bacteria. In addition, some methods for fluidic connections of the chip to the outside world will be discussed.