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Encyclopedia of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics

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Microfluidic Optical Devices

  • Barbaros CetinAffiliated withMechanical Engineering Department, Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent University Email author 
  • , Soheila ZeinaliAffiliated withMechanical Engineering Department, Ihsan Dogramaci Bilkent University
  • , Dongqing LiAffiliated withDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo

Definition

Microfluidic optical devices (MOD) are the emerging technology that combines today’s microfluidics technology with the optics. However, MOD can be classified as the integration of these two technologies rather than combination of them. This integration provides a new approach for using microfluidics for control and manipulation of samples and optics for sensing. In this entry we propose a comprehensive review of emerging applications for microfluidic optical devices.

Overview

In many of the biological applications, microfluidics and optics technology have already been used in combination – microfluidics for control and manipulation of the samples and optics for sensing. Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and lab-on-a-chip communities try to embed optical devices into their microsystems to improve functionality of their devices. Presenting a comprehensive review of all the research in the field of microfluidic and optics integration is out the scope of this entry, but several ...

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