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SLAS2018 Short Courses

Lab-on-a-Chip: From Technology to Bioanalysis on Chip

This course is aimed at researchers who are interested in learning more about new developments in the technology behind lab-on-a-chip systems. It is the intention to make this course a "how-to" primer that could form the basis for the development of prototypes having integrated functions for a variety of purposes.

Who Should Attend:

All those who are interested in getting a better understanding of how miniaturization and microfluidics enable novel applications in a number of fields (analytical chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biomedicine, ...):

  • Scientists
  • Engineers
  • Lab Managers
  • Students

Those interested in the following tracks:


How You Will Benefit From This Course:

  • Understand the basic advantages and limitations of miniaturization and microfluidics
  • Learn about new technologies, new materials and fabrication approaches
  • Understand the basic design rationales and processes
  • Develop an understanding of the added challenges when integrating multiple functions into a single device
  • Get practical pointers on how to design and make (simple) prototypes

Course Topics:

  • Microfluidic unit operations
  • New materials, new fabrication techniques
  • How to integrate multiple liquid handling functions into microsystems for (bio)analytical applications
  • Miniaturized instrumentation based on microfluidic and detection technologies
  • Microdroplet versus continuous-flow technologies
  • Macro-to-micro interfaces


Sabeth Verpoorte

Sabeth Verpoorte
Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy / University of Groningen
Groningen, The Netherlands

Sabeth Verpoorte has more than 25 years of experience in the lab-on-a-chip field, and has been head of the Pharmaceutical Analysis Group in the Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy at the University of Groningen since 2003. Her present research has taken on a strong cell biological / pharmacological focus, and includes joint organ-on-a-chip projects with colleagues in pharmacokinetics and medical biology. Efforts have also concentrated on continuous-flow particle separation strategies, as well as miniaturized analytical instrumentation. Verpoorte has published papers in top analytical chemistry journals. She is or has been involved in several international conference organizations and journal editorial boards.

Johan Nilsson

Johan Nilsson
Department of Biomedical Engineering Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Johan Nilsson obtained his Ph.D. in 1993 in Electrical Measurements on the topic Ink Jet and Droplet Technology at the Department of Electrical Measurements, Lund University, Sweden. Following the Ph.D., he got a post-doc employment at the same department where he headed the research in droplet formation characterizations, silicon nozzle development and flow-through microdispensing. He currently holds a position as Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research interests are microfluidics and microstructures with a focus on particle handling using acoustophoresis for biomedical analysis.

Jörg P. Kutter

Jörg P. Kutter
Dept. of Pharmacy University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Jörg P. Kutter received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry in 1995 from the University of Ulm, Germany. After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory developing microchip-based analytical tools. In June 1998, he joined the Technical University of Denmark where he was appointed Professor in Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies in 2006. Since 2013, Dr. Kutter is the Chair of Analytical Biosciences at the Dept. of Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen. His research interests focus on the development of microfluidic devices for applications in the life sciences, and, particularly, in the pharmaceutical sciences.

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