Miniaturization
R&D micrux technologies

The current trend on many knowledge areas is focused on miniaturization, automatization and simplification of analytical and bioanalytical systems.

The miniaturization of the analytical systems intends the size reduction of these devices, including in those different steps such as pretreatment (filtration, extraction, etc….), mixing, reaction, preconcentration, separation and detection. This has produced the called Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) or micro-Total Analysis Systems (μTAS).

The main advantages of these miniaturized systems are: miniaturization and portability, automation, low cost, negligible consumption of reagents/sample and waste generation, which allows to perform medical diagnoses using a drop of blood as well as development of sensors “in-vivo”. Besides, the analysis time is shorter and parallel assays could be carried out.

Among different microsystems, microfluidic electrophoresis chips have demonstrated to be a powerful tool for the development of novel analytical systems with multiple applications.

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Microfluidic electrophoresis chips enable the injection and separation of different compounds in a sample. However, these devices require a miniaturized and sensitive detection system as well as an additional instrumentation in order to perform a full analysis.

Electrochemical detection (ED) has proven to be very effective due to characteristics such as inherent miniaturization, sensitivity, low cost, portability and compatibility with microfabrication technologies. Nowadays, most of the electronic elements can be easily miniaturized. Nevertheless, the optical elements of different detection systems are not easily miniaturized without decreasing the performance. In this point, the electrochemical detection systems are easily miniaturized without decreasing the sensitivity and even improving the signal/noise ratio.

In the same way, analytical instrumentation (high-voltage power supplies, potentiostat...) have to be in concordance with the features of the microfluidic chips relative to miniaturization and portability. Thus, the possibility of “in-situ” analysis using this novel technology as well as the complete system automation is one of the challenges to be achieved.

All the parts of the microfluidic platform should be easily miniaturized in order to get a "true" portable, user-friendly and robust analytical system. Thus, the use of microfluidic devices could be more routinary in different research fields as well as in industry.

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