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Seeing the Invisible with Microfluidic Devices

July 5, 2018

The laboratory is the traditional home of the scientific experiment. A biology lab is often like a cell nursery, where the cells are lovingly nurtured in conditions optimal for their growth. A chemistry lab might be filled with glassware, [more...]

A Faster Way to Make Drug Microparticles

May 15, 2018

Pharmaceuticals owe their effects mostly to their chemical composition, but the packaging of these drugs into specific physical formulations also needs to be done to exact specifications. For example, many drugs are encapsulated in solid [more...]

Precision Waveguides with Inkjet Printing

May 6, 2018

Scientists at a Swiss laboratory have demonstrated an inkjet method for precise printing of tiny optical components such as waveguides (Opt. Express, doi:10.1364/OE.26.011934). The new technique leverages capillary forces—instead of [more...]

A Stopwatch for Nanofluids

April 29, 2018

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has filed a provisional patent application for a microflow measurement system, about the size of a nickel, that can track the movement of extremely tiny amounts of liquids—as [more...]

Skin-Mounted Microfluidics Analyze Biomarkers in Sweat

April 28, 2018

From a medical perspective, there are plenty of reasons to be interested in sweat. The quantitative measurement of its components can track certain bodily functions under different conditions and help in the diagnosis of diseases. Chloride [more...]

Future Food Formulation Factories

April 28, 2018

Nutraceutical is a broad term used to describe any compound found in food that is thought to add nutritional value. They are extracted from food and concentrated to enhance their therapeutic effect. This can range from lycopene found in [more...]

Organ-on-a-chip: a New Model of Microfluidic Chip

April 22, 2018

Cells in a microwell and their growth after two days of perfusion  An organ-on-a-chip is a microfluidic device with continuously perfused chambers in which cells are cultured to obtain functional units that mimic organ functions. The [more...]

Acoustic Waves Direct Particles in Microchannels

March 4, 2018

Drug development, artificial tissue design, and the study of intercellular communication are just some of the applications that rely on the precise control of particles or cells in microfluidic devices. By manipulating the fluid motion, [more...]

Lab-grown Kidney Helps Test New Drugs

January 22, 2018

Figure 1 Draper designed PREDICT-96 so that researchers can easily integrate it into existing lab automation and screening tools. Drug use is extensive in the intensive care units of many hospitals, and although lifesaving, the practice is [more...]
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