Paper-based microfluidic devices, new opportunities for diagnostics in the developing world.
The Simplicity approach of recent research done at the Whitesides group in Harvard has led to a series of simple and cheap microfluidic devices based on simple paper or DIY solution to build a centrifuce from an egg-beater. Shortly after publication in Lab-on-a-Chip and PNAS [...]
In the first MicroLAB the students were introduced into simple protocolls to construct microfluidic devices using PDMS.
We have been testing the Homemade Microfluidics fabrication protocols, which relies on prototype masters, cut out by hand from adhesive tape. Furthermore the students were introduced in different tricks for sealing the devices and also integrating tubings and connectors. [...]