Advancing the use of Microfluidic Biochips by Electronic Design Automation / Prof. Dr. Ulf Schlichtmann
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Microfluidic biochips provide a convenient and cost-effective way to conduct biochemical, biological, or medical experiments. Instead of conducting tests manually in a fully equipped lab using expensive lab equipment and human resources, these devices allow to conduct biochemical and medical experiments on a small chip. This approach requires much smaller sample/reagent volumes and leads to a significantly higher throughput.
However, designing the corresponding chips has become a considerably complex task. Depending on the respective platform thousands ? or even tens of thousands ? of components and features have to be put together.
Several methods and solutions for design automation of microfluidic devices have been proposed in the past years. They provide a starting point for introducing and exploiting EDA methods in the microfluidic domain. I will introduce EDA research for microfluidic biochips and give an overview of our recent work in this area. Specifically, I will discuss using channels also for storage, techniques for improving reliability and a concept to utilize a flexible, valve-based array. I will also introduce Columba, our specification-to-layout synthesis tool for microfluidics.