Lab-on-a-chip technology makes it possible to conduct miniaturised lab analysis on micro- or nanoscale. The chips can vary in size from a few millimeters up to a few square centimeters. Lab-on-a-chips contain channel structures and have one or more laboratory functions built within. The number of applications is still growing and lab-on-a-chip technology is now related to the fields of microfluidics, MEMS* and µTAS**.
The lab-on-a-chip devices of Micronit contain single or multiple lab functions depending on customers' needs. The off-the-shelf chips have single functions like e.g. mixing, droplet generation or micro-reaction (see examples in our web store). But the lab-on-a-chip devices can also be equipped with electrodes for particle or cell detection, particle packing, sorting, electrophoresis, PCR etc.
The time when lab-on-a-chip technology was only for analysis purposes, has long been over. It is no longer only a scientist's territory. Nowadays lab-on-a-chip technology is becoming part of the common world. Especially the medical world, where point-of-care testing gives us quick results and reduces the workload for doctors and analysts. Read for example our showcase on the lithium monitoring chip.
Other examples can be found in the field of forensics or cell research. Lab-on-a-chip technology reduces the time of getting DNA results from three days to a couple of minutes. And lab-on-a-chip devices are also excellent tools for cell research, such as cell sorting or cell growth. There are many more examples, like water analysis or microreactors to grow cells or tissue, but we can't possible name of all them.
If you have a specific application in mind and want to know if we can be your partner, then:
* Microelectromechanical systems
** Micro Total Analysis Systems