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Microfluidic electronics.
Lab Chip. 2012 Aug 21; 12(16):2782-91.LC

Abstract

Microfluidics, a field that has been well-established for several decades, has seen extensive applications in the areas of biology, chemistry, and medicine. However, it might be very hard to imagine how such soft microfluidic devices would be used in other areas, such as electronics, in which stiff, solid metals, insulators, and semiconductors have previously dominated. Very recently, things have radically changed. Taking advantage of native properties of microfluidics, advances in microfluidics-based electronics have shown great potential in numerous new appealing applications, e.g. bio-inspired devices, body-worn healthcare and medical sensing systems, and ergonomic units, in which conventional rigid, bulky electronics are facing insurmountable obstacles to fulfil the demand on comfortable user experience. Not only would the birth of microfluidic electronics contribute to both the microfluidics and electronics fields, but it may also shape the future of our daily life. Nevertheless, microfluidic electronics are still at a very early stage, and significant efforts in research and development are needed to advance this emerging field. The intention of this article is to review recent research outcomes in the field of microfluidic electronics, and address current technical challenges and issues. The outlook of future development in microfluidic electronic devices and systems, as well as new fabrication techniques, is also discussed. Moreover, the authors would like to inspire both the microfluidics and electronics communities to further exploit this newly-established field.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Ericsson AB, Borgarfjordsgatan 18, SE-164 80, Stockholm, Sweden. Shi.Cheng@ieee.orgNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22711057

Citation

Cheng, Shi, and Zhigang Wu. "Microfluidic Electronics." Lab On a Chip, vol. 12, no. 16, 2012, pp. 2782-91.
Cheng S, Wu Z. Microfluidic electronics. Lab Chip. 2012;12(16):2782-91.
Cheng, S., & Wu, Z. (2012). Microfluidic electronics. Lab On a Chip, 12(16), 2782-91. https://doi.org/10.1039/c2lc21176a
Cheng S, Wu Z. Microfluidic Electronics. Lab Chip. 2012 Aug 21;12(16):2782-91. PubMed PMID: 22711057.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Microfluidic electronics. AU - Cheng,Shi, AU - Wu,Zhigang, Y1 - 2012/06/18/ PY - 2012/6/20/entrez PY - 2012/6/20/pubmed PY - 2012/12/10/medline SP - 2782 EP - 91 JF - Lab on a chip JO - Lab Chip VL - 12 IS - 16 N2 - Microfluidics, a field that has been well-established for several decades, has seen extensive applications in the areas of biology, chemistry, and medicine. However, it might be very hard to imagine how such soft microfluidic devices would be used in other areas, such as electronics, in which stiff, solid metals, insulators, and semiconductors have previously dominated. Very recently, things have radically changed. Taking advantage of native properties of microfluidics, advances in microfluidics-based electronics have shown great potential in numerous new appealing applications, e.g. bio-inspired devices, body-worn healthcare and medical sensing systems, and ergonomic units, in which conventional rigid, bulky electronics are facing insurmountable obstacles to fulfil the demand on comfortable user experience. Not only would the birth of microfluidic electronics contribute to both the microfluidics and electronics fields, but it may also shape the future of our daily life. Nevertheless, microfluidic electronics are still at a very early stage, and significant efforts in research and development are needed to advance this emerging field. The intention of this article is to review recent research outcomes in the field of microfluidic electronics, and address current technical challenges and issues. The outlook of future development in microfluidic electronic devices and systems, as well as new fabrication techniques, is also discussed. Moreover, the authors would like to inspire both the microfluidics and electronics communities to further exploit this newly-established field. SN - 1473-0189 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22711057/Microfluidic_electronics_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1039/c2lc21176a DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -