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Adwaith Gupta

Managing Real-State on Centrifugal Microfluidic Platforms

Managing Real-State on Centrifugal Microfluidic Platforms

Centrifugal microfluidic platforms, also called compact microfluidic biodisks or compact disks (CD), have been around for almost four decades and have seen a surge in technology advancement in the last decade1. CDs are used in rapid immunoassaying and clinical biochemistry for blood diagnostics. They are used as micro total analysis systems (μTAS), in which several individual assays are embedded and run simultaneously on a single chip. They operate on simple inexpensive motors programmed for hands-free control and do not require external actuators such as magnets or surface treatments. Basically, CDs are great, and this article should end here. Unfortunately, there is a catch: due to unidirectional (radial) centrifugal forces, CDs run out of real estate faster than non-rotating microfluidic devices. (more…)

Two Reasons to Integrate Simulations into Your Microfluidics Workflow, Now

Two Reasons to Integrate Simulations into Your Microfluidics Workflow, Now

Over the last two years, I have seen an increased interest in using simulation software to better understand microfluidics processes. The two most common and important reasons for considering integration of simulation software into microfluidics processes have been to reduce device cost and improve quality control. (more…)