Microfluidics deals with the handling of liquids and gases in minimized environments. Similar to micro-optics, physical principles are utilized for down-scaled processes, which in turn open up possibilities for new applications. Microfluidics has been utilized in particular in biotechnological and medical fields as well as in areas of environmental analysis.
The development of analytical instrumentation through miniaturization is now a major field of research within the applied sciences. The common goal is to construct highly integrated ›micro total chemical analysis systems‹ (mTAS) incorporating multiple functions, such as sample preparation, separation and detection.
CDA has modified its injection molding techniques and developed completely new processes to successfully accomplish mass production of various microfluidic elements. The structures are typically channels or pillars, which depth may range from 50 nm to 250 micrometers.
Typical applications using CDA’s technology are:
Microstructured surfaces may be combined with various coatings and developed into unique products.
A few examples are:
CDA controls the full manufacturing processes in-house, from mastering, molding and back-end processes (coating, welding, bonding & printing), and including separation and packaging.
It is predicted that miniaturized devices will eventually provide improved performance in analytical chemistry, in fields as diverse as bio-analysis, drug analysis, on-site environmental and industrial monitoring, homeland security, clinical, and forensic studies.