μFLUID-LaBS activities focus on the design, fabrication and testing of microdevices for health and biotechnological applications. Depending on the size of the devices and their components, prototype fabrication and assembly can exploit the microfabrication equipment and processes available at PoliFAB - Politecnico clean room facilities - 3D printing and bioprinting equipment of the laboratory and commercially available components (e.g. Arduino boards, OEM components). Microdevice design and testing are carried out by combining theoretical approaches (i.e. analytical solutions and numerical simulations with use of commercial engineering software packages) and experimental measurements (via instrumentation including a Nikon inverted research microscope, a set of Fluigent pumps and sensors, a Harvard Apparatus syringe pump, a TSI micro Particle Image Velocimetry system, μPIV).
Recent activities have mostly dealt with the investigation of problems at the level of cells as well as devices for cell handling. For instance:
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