Skip to main content
Log in

Utilization of nanoparticles in microfluidic systems for optical detection

  • Review Paper
  • Published:
Microsystem Technologies Aims and scope Submit manuscript

Abstract

An increasing interest has been shown in microfluidic systems due to their properties including low consumption of reagents, short analysis time and easy integration. However, despite of these advantages over conventional methods, some limitations in sensitivity and selectivity still exist in microfluidic systems. Recently advancements in nanotechnology offer some new approaches for the detection of target analytes with high sensitivity and selectivity. As a result, it is an appropriate method to enhance the detection sensitivity through a combination between microfluidic system and nanotechnology. Optical detection is a dominant technique in microfluidics because of its noninvasive nature and easy coupling. Numerous studies that integrate optical microfluidic system with nanotechnology have been reported in recent years. Therefore, optical microfluidic systems in combination with nanomaterials (NMs) are reviewed in our work. We illustrate the functions of different NMs in optical microfluidic systems and the efforts of different researchers to improve the performance of devices. After the introduction of different nanoparticle-based optical detection methods, challenges and future directions in the development of nanoparticle-based optical detection schemes in microfluidics have also been discussed.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this article

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or Ebook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Price excludes VAT (USA)
Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout.

Instant access to the full article PDF.

Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
Fig. 5

Similar content being viewed by others

References

Download references

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81202378 and 81311140268), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central South Universities (7601110178).

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Chuanpin Chen.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Liang, W., Lin, H., Chen, J. et al. Utilization of nanoparticles in microfluidic systems for optical detection. Microsyst Technol 22, 2363–2370 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00542-016-2921-4

Download citation

  • Received:

  • Accepted:

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00542-016-2921-4

Keywords

Navigation