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SELECTBIO Conferences Lab-on-a-Chip & Microfluidics 2019: Companies, Emerging Technologies & Commercialization Track "B"


Cap-to-Dispense (µCD): A Universal Microfluidic-Robotic Interface For Automated Pipette-Free High-Precision Liquid Handling

Tingrui Pan, Associate Professor, University Of California Davis

Microfluidic devices have been increasingly used for low-volume liquid handling operations.  However, laboratory automation of such delicate devices has lagged behind due to the lack of world-to-chip (macro-to-micro) interfaces.  In this paper, we have presented the first pipette-free robotic-microfluidic interface using a microfluidic-embedded container cap, referred to as a Microfluidic Cap-to-Dispense (µCD), to achieve a seamless integration of liquid handling and robotic automation without any traditional pipetting steps.  The µCD liquid handling platform offers a generic and modular way to connect the robotic device to standard liquid containers.  It utilizes the high accuracy and high flexibility of the robotic system to recognize, capture and position; and then using microfluidic adaptive printing it can achieve high-precision on-demand volume distribution.  With its modular connectivity, nanoliter processability, high adaptability, and multitask capacity, µCD shows great potential as a generic robotic-microfluidic interface for complete pipette-free liquid handling automation.

Add to Calendar ▼2019-10-09 00:00:002019-10-09 00:00:00Europe/LondonLab-on-a-Chip and Microfluidics 2019: Companies, Emerging Technologies and Commercialization Track "B"