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Material Selection for Microfluidic Devices

Material Selection for Microfluidic Devices
Duncan O'Boyle
Pros, cons, and considerations when choosing a material for your microfluidic device.

Material choice is a fundamental decision in the microfluidic design process. From afar, many device materials look the same - they are typically clear plastics. However, each polymer has its own set of thermal, optical, and mechanical properties that dictate whether or not they are suited for particular applications. Learning the subtle differences between these options is key to arriving at the right material decision as early as possible.

In this whitepaper we’ll cover:

  • History of microfluidic device materials
  • Material properties and other considerations
  • Best uses for different thermoplastics

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