Lab-on-a-chip and the importance of portability

In the current, ever-changing world, it can be of paramount importance to be able to carry your research equipment to another site. Having a small version of your lab can thus help you to create a portable version of your research setting. A lab-on-a-chip is the concrete translation of this idea. A lab-on-a-chip is practically a tiny version of a research set up. It could be virtually anything, but given the current technological developments, it is often limited to a small part of a larger installation.

Contemporary developments regarding a lab-on-a-chip

Most lab-on-a-chip model were produced with silicon initially. During the time, the silicon industry was well developed and was able to produce a kind of silicon that was a good conductor. Throughout time, however, the preferred materials have become one of the following:

–          Glass
–          Ceramics
–          Metal etching
–          Deposition and bonding
–          PDMS
–          Thick film
–          Stereolithography
–          Electroplating
–          Injection molding
–          Embossing

These materials have a number of advantages over the old silicon lab-on-a-chip models. First off, they are characterized by specific optical attributes. Moreover, they have more specific and useful biochemical compatibilities with other substances and liquids. Finally, these new materials that are used to make models of lab-on-a-chip are often less expensive to produce and allow for faster prototyping.

The advantages of the apparatus in its specific field

The new models are also characterized by less waste in the sense that there are less reagents required and there is a more efficient use of the available liquids. This leads to a more efficient work flow, which has a direct impact on the business practices. Furthermore, they are a safer platform for the research of electrochemistry, biology and other relevant research areas due to technological advances.

Lab-on-a-chip and the importance of portability