Making Model Microfluidic Devices Using JELL-O
Biomedical, medical, chemical, electrical, mechanical, materials and computer engineers are all involved in assisting biologists and physicians in developing devices that enable us to more easily and efficiently observe and test microscopic cell interactions and reactions. Engineers design microfluidic devices to simulate how the body works and reacts. Microfluidic devices are made by making a master copy, from which an infinite number of copies can be made. Soft lithography is the most common method, and involves the replication of the master in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), which is then bonded to a glass microscope slide.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Area of Science
microfluidics, flow rate, soft lithography
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