The MoMiFlu@Foil project aims to develop a microfluidic modular system that allows both, flexible and rapid prototyping and fast implementation in an industrially relevant production process.
Due to recent developments in the fields of medicine and life sciences, which tend more and more towards individual and personalized diagnostics and treatment, the need for miniaturized bioanalytical systems to determine various parameters (e.g., biomarkers) has greatly increased. One example of such a system is the "Lab-on-a-Chip" (LOC). Application areas, among others, include in-vitro diagnostics, patient monitoring and biotechnological analysis systems.
LOCs usually include both, sensor functionalities and microfluidic structures for sample preparation and fluid transport. For diagnostic applications, the ease of use and low cost of production of certain single-use chips ("consumables") are essential requirements. A step towards low-cost manufacturing is achieved through the use of plastic films in combination with roller-based, continuous, large-scale production methods.
The R2R pilot line at the MATERIALS Institute provides an excellent platform for the development of industry-related processes based on microfluidic devices. The many years of accumulated expertise with regard to medical and biological sensor systems ideally support and complement this focus. Opportunities for the detailed simulation of fluidic transport are also provided.