A lab-on-a-chip is a device that integrates one or more laboratory functions on a single integrated circuit (chip) of only a few millimeters to a few square centimeters to 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, allowing them to be used directly at the point-of-care or incorporated into other, larger systems.
Our mp6 micropump extends passive microfluidic chips and converts them into active units. In microfluidics, we are almost always exposed to laminar flows, which results in a lack of cross-flow within the liquid and makes it difficult to mix two liquids.
In this video, a special structure of the microfluidic chip evokes this cross-flow, making it easier to mix the two differently colored liquids. In combination with the electronically driven micropump the slim, small and inexpensive system enables fast and safe filling of even the smallest and complex structures, e.g. in lab-on-a-chip applications. Rather than using conventional laboratory technology, testing and diagnostics can be carried out directly at the point of care – saving time and costs.
The flat system can be integrated into portable devices, the digital handling allows for a variable flow rate and simple operation.