Welcome To The BioMEMS & Microfluidics Lab
The BioMEMS and Microfluidics Laboratory is part of the Biomedical Engineering department at Rutgers University. It integrates various engineering disciplines with biological and medical applications, creating a highly technical and thoroughly collaborative biomedical engineering environment.
The central theme of our laboratory is on microfluidics, a relatively new research field which finds its niche in biomedical devices, especially on lab-on-a-chip and related products. This emerging field of study closely interacts with a special class of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) where biological matter is manipulated to analyze and measure its activity. Among the many applications based in this field are biological and biomedical analysis, measurements and micro total analysis systems (TAS).
Microfluidic systems have diverse and widespread potential applications. Some examples of systems and processes that incorporates this technology include inkjet printers, blood-cell-separation equipment, biochemical assays, chemical species synthesis, genetic analysis, drug screening, electrochromatography, surface micromachining, mechanical micromilling and many more. Not surprisingly, the medical industry has shown keen interest in microfluidics technology.
Our laboratory maintains a micro-fabrication facility housed in a 1000 square feet cleanroom with photolithography, PVD, and other equipment.
One of the direct applications of Microfluidics is lab-on-a-chip (LOC) platform where it integrates one or several laboratory functions on a single chip to deal with the handling of extremely small fluid volumes down to less than pico liters.
MicroTAS stands for micro(µ) total analysis systems. It often refers to a subset of labs-on-chips on which full sequences of lab processes are integrated. This concept was first introduced by Manz and coworkers.