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Printed circuit boards as platform for disposable lab-on-a-chip applications
Author(s): Christian Leiterer; Matthias Urban; Wolfgang Fritzsche; Ewa Goldys; David Inglis
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Paper Abstract

An increasing demand in performance from electronic devices has resulted in continuous shrinking of electronic components. This shrinkage has demanded that the primary integration platform, the printed circuit board (PCB), follow this same trend. Today, PCB companies offer ~100 micron sized features (depth and width) which mean they are becoming suitable as physical platforms for Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) and microfluidic applications. Compared to current lithographic based fluidic approaches; PCB technology offers several advantages that are useful for this technology. These include: Being easily designed and changed using free software, robust structures that can often be reused, chip layouts that can be ordered from commercial PCB suppliers at very low cost (1 AUD each in this work), and integration of electrodes at no additional cost. Here we present the application of PCB technology in connection with microfluidics for several biomedical applications. In case of commercialization the costs for each device can be even further decreased to approximately one tenth of its current cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 December 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9668, Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems, 96680X (22 December 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2202413
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Christian Leiterer, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
Leibniz-Institut of Photonic Technology (Germany)
Matthias Urban, Leibniz-Institut of Photonic Technology (Germany)
Wolfgang Fritzsche, Leibniz-Institut of Photonic Technology (Germany)
Ewa Goldys, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)
David Inglis, Macquarie Univ. (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9668:
Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems
Benjamin J. Eggleton; Stefano Palomba, Editor(s)

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