Publication / Source: Bioanalysis 2(10)
Authors: Peoples CM, Karnes TH
Microfluidics and miniaturized analysis systems provide several benefits in bioanalytical science. Reduced analytical dimensions and instrumentation platforms employed in these systems allow for rapid analyses and portable testing with greatly reduced sample size requirements. Microfluidics encompasses a wide variety of microchips and capillaries. These have internal dimensions less than 1 mm and fluid control is carried out using hydrodynamic flow, electrokinetic flow or capillary action. Although much attention has been paid to microchips, virtually the same benefits can be gained by use of capillaries.