The science of microfluidics has been developed over several decades, showing promise in a range of applications across fields of chemistry, medicine, drug discovery and environmental monitoring and many others. In general, the unique abilities exploited through micro and nano fluidic phenomena have been limited in scale due to the very small dimensions that are required to manifest.
uFraction8 technology has been developed to overcome the challenges of scaling these powerful tools to be applied to problems that require much larger volumes of liquid to be processed. By multiplexing precisely manufactured micro channels into arrays, or “stacks” of devices, it is possible to create a modular approach to scale processing volumes.
However, it is not quite as simple as just stacking up devices. The main issue solved by uFraction8’s key technology is how to distribute flow equally to each device, so that each device layer in a stack can function in the same way. All liquids follow the path of least resistance, just like electric currents. So, it is actually through the careful management of flow distribution that uFraction8 can enable virtually limitless scaling of multiplexed microfluidic arrays.
The science behind uFraction8 technology has been robustly tested and published in Nature, going through some of the most demanding peer review processes in existence. Subsequently, uFraction8’s core technology was granted patent coverage in several of the world’s major markets across Europe, the USA and Japan. Further patents are pending around other design aspects that cover features that enable microfluidic chip stacking.