Injection molded microfluidics – challenges, opportunities and threats
Injection molding of thermoplastic life science products such as microfluidic chips, multi-well plates and other diagnostic consumables is a demanding task both from a technological point of view as well as with respect to the development cycles. Particularly for modern microfluidic devices, which include a multitude of structural feature sizes and require very tight tolerances in the final product, both mold manufacturing and the molding process itself have to be truly mastered for successful industrialization. Moreover, the development of such products frequently requires numerous design iteration steps, which are both time-consuming and very costly and not seldom impose a proven risk to fail. Thus, attempts to reduce both time and cost of these development cycles should be of high interest for a broad industry base.
Prof. Dr. Per Magnus Kristiansen is head of the Institute of Polymer Nanotechnology (INKA)
Prof. Dr. Per Magnus Kristiansen is head of the Institute of Polymer Nanotechnology (INKA), jointly operated by the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland and the Paul Scherrer Institute. He studied Materials Sciences and earned his PhD in Polymer Technology at ETH Zürich. In 2004, he joined Ciba Specialty Chemicals working on plastic additives for packaging and automotive. Since 2009, he is Professor in Polymer Nanotechnology at FHNW. His applied research focuses on high-fidelity surface structuring of polymers on the micro- and nanoscale, with particular emphasis on industrial replication technologies for applications in microfluidics and micro-optics. Prof. Kristiansen is author/co-author of 23 peer-reviewed papers and 7 patent families, member of several advisory boards and the executive committee of the Swiss Nanoscience Institute.