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Sensors 2011, 11(5), 5360-5382; doi:10.3390/s110505360

Microfabrication and Applications of Opto-Microfluidic Sensors

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Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, A1B 3X7, Canada
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CREAIT Network, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, A1C 5S7, Canada
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Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland, A1B 3X5, Canada
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Received: 15 March 2011 / Revised: 12 April 2011 / Accepted: 13 May 2011 / Published: 18 May 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors in Canada)
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Abstract

A review of research activities on opto-microfluidic sensors carried out by the research groups in Canada is presented. After a brief introduction of this exciting research field, detailed discussion is focused on different techniques for the fabrication of opto-microfluidic sensors, and various applications of these devices for bioanalysis, chemical detection, and optical measurement. Our current research on femtosecond laser microfabrication of optofluidic devices is introduced and some experimental results are elaborated. The research on opto-microfluidics provides highly sensitive opto-microfluidic sensors for practical applications with significant advantages of portability, efficiency, sensitivity, versatility, and low cost.
Keywords: opto-microfluidics; microfluidics; optofluidics; ultrafast laser microfabrication opto-microfluidics; microfluidics; optofluidics; ultrafast laser microfabrication
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Zhang, D.; Men, L.; Chen, Q. Microfabrication and Applications of Opto-Microfluidic Sensors. Sensors 2011, 11, 5360-5382.

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