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Lab-on-a-Chip turns soft : computer-aided, software-enabled microfluidics design

Soe, Aung K., Fielding, Michael and Nahavandi, Saeid 2013, Lab-on-a-Chip turns soft : computer-aided, software-enabled microfluidics design, in ASONAM 2013 : Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining, IEEE, Piscataway, N.J., pp. 968-971.

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Title Lab-on-a-Chip turns soft : computer-aided, software-enabled microfluidics design
Author(s) Soe, Aung K.
Fielding, MichaelORCID iD for Fielding, Michael orcid.org/0000-0001-7569-8499
Nahavandi, SaeidORCID iD for Nahavandi, Saeid orcid.org/0000-0002-0360-5270
Conference name Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining. IEEE/ACM International Conference (2013 : Niagara Falls, Ontario)
Conference location Niagara, Ontario
Conference dates 25-28 Aug. 2013
Title of proceedings ASONAM 2013 : Proceedings of the IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining
Editor(s) Ozyer, Tansel
Carrington, Peter
Lim, Ee-Peng
Publication date 2013
Conference series IEEE/ACM International Conference Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining
Start page 968
End page 971
Total pages 4
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Keyword(s) bioinformatics
lab-on-a-chip
microfluidics
computer aided design
Summary The current practice of designing microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip (LoCs) limits reusing designs and makes sharing tasks among researchers difficult. One way to achieve that objective is to borrow best practices from engineering. Also it takes a lot of skills to design LoCs. Design-by-assembly in which a LoC can be designed by configuring, laying out subsystems can help new researchers to develop custom chips. Flexible, reusable, and rapid-prototyping-feasible LoC designs can be achieved by fabricated modular microfluidic blocks. However, challenging problems still persist, which limit the usefulness of prefabricated blocks. We propose software microfluidic modules (SoftMABs) based design technique to solve issues fabricated modules face. By configuring SoftMABs, integrating them, the new assembly of SoftMABs can form a 3D LoC design ready to be prototyped. The proposed method can make designing a complex LoC less challenging, and collaborating among laboratories easier. We created SoftMABs and designed a custom microfluidic chip by assembling SoftMABs like LEGOs, dragging-and-dropping them. Later we reconfigured them - by replacing a SoftMAB with another module - to make a new LoC. We believe this computeraided method is an interesting and useful LoC design technique.
Language eng
Field of Research 100402 Medical Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl Biosensors)
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2013, IEEE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30057135

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