The Analytical Approach to Polydimethylsiloxane Microfluidic Technology and Its Biological Applications

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This review article discusses PDMS (polydimethylsiloxane) microfluidic devices and their biological applications. First, the already developed devices are classified from the viewpoints of underlying technology within a common logical framework comprising single-layer, multilayer, and integrated devices, as well as surface chemistry modifications of PDMS. Combinatorial techniques are applied to re-derive existing devices within this framework. Next, the relevant scales of both microfluidics and biology are compared, obtaining the promise and limitations of PDMS microfluidics. Finally, the body of work is reclassified in terms of addressed biological applications and compared to the standard methods in cellular and molecular biology, to offer insights for future devices and applications.

Keywords: BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS; MICROFLUIDIC TECHNOLOGY; POLYDIMETHYLSILOXANE

Document Type: Review Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2006.504

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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