Microfluidics is a technology to handle tiny amounts of liquids and since significant part of chemical processes and all biology in cellular level are working in liquid phase, microfluidic is a tool of miniaturization for chemical and biological science, just as microelectronics is for electronic circuit engineering. Microfluidics hold many promises for chemical and biomedical analysis, by reducing amounts of reagents, size and expenditure of apparatus, increcing speed, parallelization and automatization of analysis. But also, going small in size grants access to new phenomena not accessible in macroscopic world and enables many new technologies. Thus microfluidics is a toolbox for expanding bio- and medical science, with aim to understand, how nature and we are working on cellular level, discover new drugs, improve medical diagnostics etc.
Main part of my microfluidic research has been focused on developing new kind of research tools and methods for bioscientist., to enable more efficient and detailed studies of cells and tissues. This research resulted in the development of tool coined multifunctional pipette.
Figure: Rubbery multifunctional pipette tips.