Microfluidics and Nanofluidics

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 403–408

Microfluidic devices easily created using an office inkjet printer

Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10404-009-0528-0

Cite this article as:
Watanabe, M. Microfluid Nanofluid (2010) 8: 403. doi:10.1007/s10404-009-0528-0


Although various processes have been used for producing microfluidic devices, many of them are not so simple that ordinary end-users can produce the devices by themselves. However, in this study, microfluidic devices were easily produced using an office inkjet printer. As the components of the device, channels, manifolds, and mixers were created by printing their shapes on glass slides using the printer. A syringe pump could control the flow of fluid through the manifolds and mixers. In addition, resistivity of the device to acidic and basic solutions was tested.


MicrofluidicsInkjet printerMicromixerHydrophobic surfacesContact angle

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Textile Science and TechnologyShinshu UniversityUedaJapan