Microfluidics concepts, technologies and applications

Micro- and nanotechnologies for microfluidics have generated large interest in life sciences, in order to perform diagnoses and treatments at cellular and molecular level. The aim of this session is to provide main concepts in microfluidics to researchers in the area of life science and biotechnology to help them to explore this field for applications such as lab-on-a-chip, organ-on-a-chip for research and diagnostics. The use of diverse materials for microfluidics such as polymers, ceramics, semiconductors will be illustrated according to specific application case study. Important features like specific optical characteristics, biocompatibility issues, manufacturing technologies will be also discussed.