Microfluids and lab-on-a-chip

Microfluidic and lab-on-a-chip techniques enable the controlled handling of sub-microlitre volumes of fluids and particles in an automated and high-throughput manner, offering miniaturised methods for carrying out laboratory procedures in an on-chip format.


Such techniques have been successfully employed to provide innovative solutions for chemical analysis and for cell-biology, molecular-biology and synthetic-biology applications.


By using photolithographic and stereolithographic processes, customised polymeric devices for miniaturised, fluidic assays can be readily prototyped.

As most biological processes occur in aqueous solution, microfluidic systems are inherently suitable to handle particles with micron-scale precision and in a biocompatible manner. Such fabrication capabilities are used to produce lab-on-a-chip devices amenable to perform on-chip cell culture, cell manipulation and patterning, drug delivery, artificial cell membrane formation using both single-phase and multi-phase fluids.

Key benefits

  • reduced sample volumes
  • single-cell analytical resolution
  • biocompatible fluidic systems
  • fast prototyping and device testing
  • high-throughput capabilities

Markets & applications

  • single–cell and small-cluster cell studies
  • biological assays
  • cancer studies
  • neurobiology studies
  • ion channel screening

Licensing & development

We're seeking a commercial partner to develop customised, miniaturised assays for biological and medical applications. For further information, please contact the RKES team.