Enhanced Microfluidics PDMS Pneumatic ValveTechnology #ua17-038
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Title: Enhanced Microfluidics PDMS Pneumatic Valve
Invention: The invention significantly improves the resistance of pneumatic valves in microfluidic arrays to >500 GΩ (an order of magnitude improvement) with fast opening and reasonable closing times as well as good stability. The result is greatly improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) resulting in higher analytical throughput at lower cost.
Background: Microfluidic arrays are used for electrophysiological recordings in a variety of research and diagnostic analyses, particularly drug screening. Improvements in microfluidic array operations lead to increased speed and lower cost in testing and R&D applications.
- Drug development, cellular, DNA and proteomic research
- Tunable microlens arrays and optofluidic microscopes
- Fuel cells
- Improved signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
- Higher throughput analytics leading to lower costs