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Thread as a versatile material for low-cost microfluidic diagnostics.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20356211     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This paper describes a new and simple concept for fabricating low-cost, low-volume, easy-to-use microfluidic devices using threads. A thread can transport liquid via capillary wicking without the need of a barrier; as it is stainable, it is also a desirable material for displaying colorimetric results. When used in sewing, threads have 3D passageways in sewed materials. The wicking property and flexibility of thread make it particularly suitable to fabricate 3D microfluidic devices. Threads can also be used with other materials (e.g., paper) to make microfluidic devices for rapid qualitative or semiquantitative analysis. These thread-based and thread-paper-based devices have potential applications in human health diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and food safety analysis, and are particularly appropriate for the developing world or remote areas, because of their relatively low fabrication costs.
Authors:
Xu Li; Junfei Tian; Wei Shen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Letter; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  ACS applied materials & interfaces     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1944-8244     ISO Abbreviation:  ACS Appl Mater Interfaces     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-01     Completed Date:  2010-12-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101504991     Medline TA:  ACS Appl Mater Interfaces     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Diagnosis, Differential
Food Analysis / instrumentation,  methods
Humans
Microfluidic Analytical Techniques / instrumentation*,  methods*

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