Lab-on-a-chip

Lab-on-a-chip application with the mp6 micropumps and the chips from microfluidic ChipShop

A lab-on-a-chip is a device that integrates one or more laboratory functions on a single integrated circuit (chip). These chips only reach a few millimeters to a few square centimeters in size. Despite their small size, they achieve high-throughput automation and screening. A Lab-on-a-chip can handle extremely small volumes of liquid down to less than picoliters.

Lab-on-a-chip devices enable functional integration of microfluidics into the diagnostic process. The devices are small and less expensive than large laboratory systems. This enables them to be used directly at the point-of-care or incorporated into other, larger systems.

Video: Building a lab-on-a-chip system

Our mp6 micropump extends passive microfluidic chips and converts them into active units. In microfluidics, we are almost always exposed to laminar flows. This results in a lack of cross-flow within the liquid and makes it difficult to mix two liquids.

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In this video, a special structure of the microfluidic chip evokes this cross-flow. In conclusion, making it easier to mix the two differently colored liquids. The micropump is electronically driven. It enables this slim, small and inexpensive system the fast and safe filling of even the smallest and complex structures. This is the base for lab-on-a-chip applications, for example. Rather than using conventional laboratory technology, testing and diagnostics can be carried out directly at the point of care. This saves time and costs and leads to a more functional system. The flat system can be integrated into portable devices, the digital handling allows for a variable flow rate and simple operation.

Do you want to learn more? Then check out our Case Studies for a wide range of topics in microfluidics. Or head over to our YouTube channel and watch our latest application-oriented videos. You could also take a look at the microfluidic chips we currently offer in our portfolio.