Printed circuit boards as platform for disposable lab-on-a-chip applications

Christian Leiterer, Matthias Urban, Wolfgang Fritzsche, Ewa Goldys, David Inglis

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    An increasing demand in performance from electronic devices has resulted in continuous shrinking of electronic components. This shrinkage has demanded that the primary integration platform, the printed circuit board (PCB), follow this same trend. Today, PCB companies offer ∼100 micron sized features (depth and width) which mean they are becoming suitable as physical platforms for Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) and microfluidic applications. Compared to current lithographic based fluidic approaches; PCB technology offers several advantages that are useful for this technology. These include: Being easily designed and changed using free software, robust structures that can often be reused, chip layouts that can be ordered from commercial PCB suppliers at very low cost (1 AUD each in this work), and integration of electrodes at no additional cost. Here we present the application of PCB technology in connection with microfluidics for several biomedical applications. In case of commercialization the costs for each device can be even further decreased to approximately one tenth of its current cost.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMicro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Systems
    EditorsBenjamin Eggleton, Stefano Palomba
    Place of PublicationBellingham
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)9781628418903
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventSPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications Symposium - Sydney, Australia
    Duration: 6 Dec 20159 Dec 2015

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X


    OtherSPIE Micro+Nano Materials, Devices, and Applications Symposium


    • PCB
    • microfluidics
    • dielectrophoresis


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