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Micromachines 2018, 9(9), 461; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi9090461

Low-Cost, Accessible Fabrication Methods for Microfluidics Research in Low-Resource Settings

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International University—Vietnam National Universities at Ho Chi Minh City, Quarter 6, Linh Trung Ward, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Eden Microfluidics, 75011 Paris, France
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 3JD, UK
These authors share senior authorship.
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Received: 17 August 2018 / Revised: 6 September 2018 / Accepted: 10 September 2018 / Published: 12 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Approaches to Micropatterning)
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Abstract

Microfluidics are expected to revolutionize the healthcare industry especially in developing countries since it would bring portable, easy-to-use, self-contained diagnostic devices to places with limited access to healthcare. To date, however, microfluidics has not yet been able to live up to these expectations. One non-negligible factor can be attributed to inaccessible prototyping methods for researchers in low-resource settings who are unable to afford expensive equipment and/or obtain critical reagents and, therefore, unable to engage and contribute to microfluidics research. In this paper, we present methods to create microfluidic devices that reduce initial costs from hundreds of thousands of dollars to about $6000 by using readily accessible consumables and inexpensive equipment. By including the scientific community most embedded and aware of the requirements of healthcare in developing countries, microfluidics will be able to increase its reach in the research community and be better informed to provide relevant solutions to global healthcare challenges. View Full-Text
Keywords: microfluidics; microfabrication; photolithography; soft lithography; soft embossing microfluidics; microfabrication; photolithography; soft lithography; soft embossing
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Nguyen, H.-T.; Thach, H.; Roy, E.; Huynh, K.; Perrault, C. .-T. Low-Cost, Accessible Fabrication Methods for Microfluidics Research in Low-Resource Settings. Micromachines 2018, 9, 461.

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