The use of microfluidic chips in everyday products is increasing. For example, microfluidic chips are used in the treatment of bipolar disorder, enabling sufferers to find a better life balance. Forensic science also uses these chips to perform DNA testing.
In addition, microfluidic chips are widely used in industry, for example in the development of environmentally friendly chemical reactions. However, the current price of these microfluidic chips is a major limitation to their use and application. Expensive (cleanroom) technology is frequently required and a single chip can cost up to hundreds of euros. Furthermore, current techniques not easily scaled up to mass production. Saxion participates in the development of knowledge leading to cost-effective production of these types of chips.
Duration: this project runs from June 2013 – June 2015.
More information is available on the TechForFuture website.