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Workshops on Capillary-based Microfluidics for Bioanalysis

Starting in 2011, a new annual workshop has brought together researchers from around the world to discuss topics related to the new generation of capillary-based microfluidic devices.  Information about these workshops, including daily schedules and downloadable presentations, can be found by clicking the links below.

When Microfluidics exploded in the 1990's as part of the MEMS/µTAS/Lab-on-a-Chip movement, its main aim was to move from the discrete processing of fluids from container to container using manual pipettes or robots, and integrate the whole process into a monolithic device.

Microfluidics did that, and more, but at a cost. There were requirements for pumps, pressure sources, and valving for pushing the fluids around, and these components were costly, complex, and often large. Hence, today’s Microfluidics 1.n systems largely remain in the big well-equipped labs. By returning to what we’ve known for decades about moving fluids without pumps or valves in porous media, Microfluidics 2.0 offers us a chance to get the hoped-for advantages of microfluidics – rapidity, ease of use, and high performance – but without the expense.

The 2011 Workshop on Capillary-based Microfluids for Bioanalysis was hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle, WA from October 1-2, 2011. 

The 2012 Workshop on Capillary-based Microfluids for Bioanalysis will be hosted by Boston University in Boston, MA from November 30 to December 1, 2012.  Registration for this workshop is currently open.