A Microfluidics Experiment for the Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
Gross, Erin M.
Clevenger, Michelle E.
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During the past decade, the emerging field of microfluidics has moved to the forefront of science, particularly in analytical chemistry. It would be beneficial for undergraduate students utilize microfluidic methods. However, conventional microfluidic fabrication processes are costly and most undergraduate institutions do not possess to the required equipment and facilities. With the recent introduction of paperbased microfluidic devices for chemical analysis, undergraduate students can obtain hands-on experience in microfluidics. This project converted microfluidic assays recently reported in the journal Analytical Chemistry1 into an analytical laboratory experiment. Students were given an unknown “urine sample” containing both glucose and protein and were asked to diagnose a patient . This experiment was multidisciplinary and students were exposed to chemical analysis, bioanalytical chemistry, medicine and the social issues involved in healthcare.