Paper as a Low-cost Base Material for Diagnostic and Environmental Sensing Applications

Xu Li, Junfei Tian, Wei Shen

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Paper has been used as a chromatographic substrate and for indicator strips for a long time. Recently, a novel application using patterned paper to make microfluidic systems for diagnostic and environmental sensing has been developed. The patterned paper which can control liquid penetration within its hydrophilic channels has great potential to make low-cost and simple analytical devices for bioassays and environmental analysis. This article shows that basic papermaking and printing techniques can be applied to create paper-based microfluidic analytical devices. High volume and high speed printing processes hold the key for the transformation of the novel concept of paper-based microfluidic system into practical analytical devices that will find applications in many fields.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication63rd Appita Annual Conference and Exhibition
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherAppita Inc
Pages267 - 271
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780975746952
Publication statusPublished - 2009
EventAppita Annual Conference and Exhibition 2009 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 19 Apr 200922 Apr 2009
Conference number: 63rd (Proceedings)


ConferenceAppita Annual Conference and Exhibition 2009
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