Solution-processed organic light surces for microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems
Microfluidic Lab-on-a-chip (LoC) systems provide a miniaturized platform for sample processing and biological / medical diagnostics. This system provides great potential in per-sonalized and localized point-of-care diagnostic applications. However, despite the numerous developments on LoC technology, many external lab-scale components such as fluorescent excitation light sources are still required at the current state of the art. In an effort to address this, in this dissertation, organic light sources have been thoroughly investigated as cost-efficient excitation light sources for fluorescence sensing on microfluidic LoC systems by solution-processing manufacturing methods. In particular, inkjet printing techniques are used exclusively for the first time as a vacuum-free, mask-free, low processing temperature pat-terning method in the fully solution-processed organic light sources. ...
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