Lab-on-chip laser micro-manufacturing
Objective of the project
The project Microlab has multiple objectives:
- exploit the properties of femtosecond lasers for designing and making on-demand custom micro-fluidic chips;
- exploit the properties of femtosecond lasers for micro et nano structuring the microfluidic chips channels surfaces in order to facilitate fluidics flux and thermal transfers;
- enhance injection molds properties with micro structuration and functionalized surfaces;
- exploit the properties of thulium laser for micro-fluidic chips encapsulation;
- develop numerical tools for designing microfluidic channels and micromachining patterns;
- study the possibilities to integrate various sensors for liquid detection, chemical reaction or temperature evolution into the micro-fluidic channels by the aerosol jet printing technology;
- realize a demonstrator composed of:
– a first laser module for micro-machining. This module will permit to realize microfluidic circuits on various materials (glass, polymer, ceramics and metals)
– a second laser module for encapsulation. Two approaches are foreseen: laser direct welding of two transparent thermoplastics or combining laser technology with additives selective micro-impression;
– an automation unit permitting the link between the two previous modules in order to obtain an autonomous demonstrator capable of fabricating a complete microfluidic chip.
The project MICROLAB has been approved by the Mecatech Cluster in the framework of Plan Marshall of the Walloon Region.
Contribution of Multitel
- Participation to the definition of the needs and feasibility studies.
- Participation to the development of the micro-machining set-up.
- Participation to the micromachining and functionalization laser process studies on injection molds.
- Active contribution to the elaboration of the exploitation plan by an internal evaluation of potential commercial impacts induced by the project Microlab.
Lab-on-chip devices, diagnostic kits…
- Coris BioConcept
- Femto Laser Services
- Citius Engineering