Contamination Mitigation and Runtime System for Programmable Lab on a Chip

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Microfluidic lab on a chip (LoC) devices are used in medicine, chemistry, and biological sciences to test laboratory samples at the microscopic level. These chips require specific programming instructions for every experiment. It can be time consuming and expensive to construct instruction sets for every new chip design. Fluid contamination is also a factor that must be minimized.

Purdue University researchers have developed a new runtime system for programmable lab on a chip devices that also incorporates contamination mitigation. Their approach allows the runtime system to work like an assembler in a personal computer, translating from a programming language to a set of requests for the chip. Included in this system are instructions to prevent contamination in various types of LoCs.

Advantages:
- Less time spent writing instruction sets
- Works with many types of LoC devices
- Instruction sets for contamination mitigation
Mar 8, 2013
Utility Patent
United States
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Oct 20, 2015

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