Macro-to-Micro Fluidic Interfacing
Ronalee Lo and Ellis Meng
from: Lab-on-a-Chip Technology (Vol. 1): Fabrication and Microfluidics (Edited by: Keith E. Herold and Avraham Rasooly). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2009)
Emerging lab-on-a-chip systems have rapidly advanced the field of microfluidic systems for use in biological and chemical applications. These systems require carefully designed packaging to reliably connect microfabricated fluidic channels to macro-world interfaces. Macro-to-micro fluidic interfaces, unlike their electrical analogues, is still an active area of research and despite many efforts, a suitable standard does not exist. A review of current macro-to-micro fluidic interface technologies is presented. Then several practical macro-to-micro interface methods are described in detail along with step-by-step protocols for their construction and implementation. These connections described were selected for their compatibility with most microfluidic system layouts, materials, and system requirements read more ...