Development Prospect of Microfluidic Chips


Microfluidics is a growing field of research that pertains to the manipulation of fluids on the microscale level, and it is identified most commonly by devices with critical dimensions of less than 1 mm. These devices offer novel and versatile approaches for addressing a range of scientific problems. Conceptually, the idea of microfluidics is that fluids can be precisely manipulated using a microscale device built with technologies first developed by the semiconductor industry and later expanded by the micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) field.

At this scale, researchers can take advantage of the scaling of many physical laws and employ, for example, rapid diffusion, laminar flows, Dean flow, rapid thermal transport, and take advantage of the large surface area relative to the volume. These microfluidics chips hold great promise as it provides various benefits, including but not limited to:

  1. Streamline complex assay protocols
  2. Reduce the sample volume substantially
  3. Reduce the cost of reagents and maximize information gleaned from precious samples
  4. Increase system portability and integration
  5. Provide gains in scalability for screening applications and batch sample processing analogous to multi-well plates
  6. Provide the investigator with substantially more control and predictability of the Spatio-temporal dynamics

Microfluidic tools, combined with advanced molecular, imaging, and bioinformatics techniques, constitute a flexible ‘toolbox’ that life scientists are actively adopting and adapting.

Development Prospect of Microfluidic Chips for Different Applications

In recent decades, microfluidic chips have been widely investigated in medical, biological, and chemical areas. Based on this, microfluidic systems are having promising prospect, including diagnostics, prevention, and therapeutic monitoring, biology research, biomedical sensing, environmental monitoring, and food safety detecting, diagnostic applications.

Trapping cells for large-scale single-cell analysis Fig.1 Trapping cells for large-scale single-cell analysis. (Dittrich, 2016)

It is foreseeable that microfluidic chip technology will be further developed to promote perfect on-site and real-time technology, which will greatly benefit life and health science, biomedicine, and others. The integrated, automated microfluidic is bound to become a very important technology.

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  1. Dittrich, P. S.; Manz, A. Lab-on-a-chip: microfluidics in drug discovery. Nature reviews Drug discovery. 2006, 5(3), 210-218.

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