Microfluidic Device and Component Interfaces, White Paper Part II

Chip thicknesses, side connectors and further miniaturization

This work was supported by the Microfluidic Consortium and the MFManufacturing project, co-funded by grants from the UK, France and the Netherlands and the ENIAC / ECSEL Joint Undertaking.  

The goal of this document is to facilitate the process of designing new microfluidic sensors, actuators, connectors etc. by providing guidelines for the seamless integration with other microfluidic components and systems. 

  • It is made available for free to developers and researchers around the world who are contemplating the creation of prototype devices containing microfluidics. Its purpose is to present developers a standard by which they will improve the chances of their device will be accepted by the marker / fits to other products. 
  • This paper is “application agnostic” – it is be relevant to people working in: Diagnostics, High Throughput Screening, Sample Preparation, Genomics, PCR, Circulating Tumour Cells, Regenerative Medicine, Flow Chemistry, Environmental, Food and Homeland Security Sensing... and beyond! 
    This paper is also “materials and production technology agnostic” – we recognise that microfluidic devices can be realised in PDMS, PMMA, COC, Polycarbonate, Glass, Silicon, Metal and Paper as different players specialize in / have a preference for different materials. Furthermore this paper is “manufacturing process agnostic” – recognising again that processes can by company specific.

Using these design guidelines will be helpful for both user and supplier by ensuring plug and play interconnections. 

Document available to download (PDF format):