Abstract: Use of Simple Materials for Microfluidic Devices
Microfluidic techniques have been incorporated in many fields due to their portability, compatibility, ability to multiplex, speed to analysis, and ability to analyze samples at low expenses. Microfluidic devices (MDs) can reduce time, reagents, and the complexity of previous lab techniques. The use of simple materials (paper, thread and fabric) in MDs has been demonstrated to give promising results in a number of applications due to their small volume requirements, portability, low cost, and technique compatibility. In this presentation, recent work in point-of-care (POC) diagnostics, fuel cells, and batteries is described demonstrating the versatility of MDs fabricated from simple materials and which makes them well suited for resource-limited regions throughout the world.