Bio-compatibility of Polymers Enrich Microfluidics Fabrication

“The polymer based chips command 50% of the market owing to their low cost, disposability, and durability”, says RNCOS.


Noida, UP -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/25/2015 -- According to a new research report by RNCOS entitled, "Global Microfluids Market Outlook 2020", the polymers market commands the largest share of the global microfluidic materials market. The popularity of polymer is due to its low cost, disposability, durability, optical transparency, biocompatibility, simple component-integration (such as interconnections, tubing and fittings), design-flexibility for wide ranges of applications, and chemical or mechanical properties. Examples of commonly used polymers are polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC), cyclic olefin copolymer (COC). Amongst such materials, PDMS are increasingly used by the researchers. The low cost of PDMS and the simplicity of PDMS device fabrication allow nearly any research laboratory to explore ideas without prior micro fabrication.

PDMS crossed-channel valves are exceptionally small, having a square or rectangular footprint comparable in size to the channel width, typically 100 ?m. They also have a very small dead volume (100 pL for a typical 100?m×10?m cross-section), resulting in low carryover and quick response time. On the contrary, device fabrication from materials such as glass and silicon requires numerous processes such as chemical etching, reactive ion etching (RIE), and thermal bonding; each iteration takes considerable time and effort. Therefore, Polymers based microfluidic devices are more common in the healthcare industry.

The report is spread in 60 pages and provides an in-depth research and rational analysis of the current status and future prospect of the Global Microfluidics Industry. The report provides a clear picture of the technology, factors driving the industry growth, and challenges faced by the industry. In addition to this, the study includes mergers & acquisition deals that have occurred during past two years. The report further highlights market segmentation of the industry by types of products, applications and geography. With special emphasis on competitive landscape and dominant players in the market, the research provides valuable information to the investors who are looking to enter in this market.

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