8. Printed technologies and microfluidics
Omega 2,10/06/2015, 4/29/17 11:45 - 4/29/17 13:15
Micro- and nanofluidics refer to manipulation and controlling of fluids at scales below milliliter. The behavior of fluids at micro and nanoscale differ from macroscopic scales as e.g. the surface tension, energy dissipation, and fluidic resistance start to dominate the system. In addition, Reynolds number decreases. To date, the most successful commercial application of microfluidics is the inkjet printhead, while lab-on-a-chip and medical diagnostics are another famous application class of microfluidics. The structures for manipulating fluids at nanoscale vary in shape, examples of shapes being cylindrical channels, nanoslits, or nanochannel arrays, and they are manufactured in various ways, e.g. by standard photolithography, micromachining, embossing, printing, casting and injection molding, and chemical etching. In this session micro- and nanofludics are covered especially from the fabrication point-of-view and in it especially the two-dimensional printing of micro and nanostructures are discussed.