Tuesday, January 16, 2001
Philips Research, a division of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
(PHG, Amsterdam, the Netherlands), has developed a microfluidics technology that
potentially could be used to improve microfluidic lab-on-a-chip separation technologies,
as well as improving the dispensing of compounds onto arrays when combined with inkjet or
Moving small volumes of liquids is important in a variety of
applications in biotechnology, including separation of biomolecules, delivery of DNA
solutions to an array, and chemical synthesis on a small scale. Numerous ways exist to
move fluids, including application of pressure, and non-mechanical methods like
electro-osmosis, electrophoretic and electrochemical technologies.