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Technologies

Manufacturing technologies

  • Direct Pattern Generation: ultra-precision milling (UPM), mask-less lithography, laser ablation, knife cutting
  • Pattern Transfer For Tool Making: electroplating, EDM, casting
  • Polymer Replication: injection moulding, hot embossing, roll-to-roll manufacturing
  • Multi-Material Integration: reagent reservoirs, functional materials such as membranes, stationary phases, frits and system liquids
  • Modular assembly of integrated cartridges from individually manufactured components
  • Surface Modification: plasma treatment, liquid-phase deposition, bio-functionalisation, barrier properties
  • Hybrid Component Integration, e.g. optics and electronics
  • Automated precision assembly / bonding of multi-component devices
 

Sample preparation technology

  • Filtration
  • Sample enrichment and purification
  • Cell handling
  • Metering
  • Mixing

 

Storage of liquid and dry-stored reagents

Waste management

Detection technologies

  • Light absorption and scattering
  • Fluorescence
  • Chemiluminescence
  • Surface-Plasmon Resonance
  • Electrochemistry

 

Prototyping and production

  • Rapid prototyping for microfluidic and bioanalytical testing at early stages of development
  • Transfer from prototyping to pilot series and mass production aided by CAD / CAM / DfM design tools

 

Characterisation:

  • Profilometry (contact and optical)
  • Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Ageing
  • Bonding strength