Microfluidics is a multidisciplinary field at the intersection of engineering sciences, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, nanotechnology and biotechnology, and deals with the behavior, the precise control and manipulation of liquids and gases in a narrow space, typically in the submillimeter range.
The methodical focus of the Microfluidics Unit, a new facility within the BioSupraMol, is to provide the infrastructure and expertise to design and produce tailor-made microfluidic chips for a variety of research questions. Currently these include chips for droplet-based approaches that provide picoliter-volume compartments in highthroughput analytics, and applications in biology such as single-cell observations.
On day one of the two-day summer school, experts from academia and industry will present an overview of research and recent technical developments in the field of microfluidics, as well as provide the opportunity to discuss future trends in this field.
On day two, researchers and application specialists from academia and industry will give an introduction into Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS, particle size measurements), Electrophoretic Light Scattering (ELS, electrophoretic mobility and zetapotential) and Isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC, thermodynamic parameters of interactions in solution, e.g. for protein characterization).