Addressing multiple nodes in networked labs-on-chips without payload re-injection

Werner Haselmayr, Andrea Biral, Andreas Grimmer, Andrea Zanella, Andreas Springer, Robert Wille

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On a droplet-based Labs-on-Chip (LoC) device, tiny volumes of fluids, so-called droplets, flow in channels of micrometer scale. The droplets contain chemical/biological samples that are processed by different modules on the LoC. In current solutions, an LoC is a single-purpose device that is designed for a specific application, which limits its flexibility. In order to realize a multi-purpose system, different modules are interconnected in a microfluidic network - yielding so-called Networked LoCs (NLoCs). In NLoCs, the droplets are routed to the desired modules by exploiting hydrodynamic forces. A well established topology for NLoCs are ring networks. However, the addressing schemes provided so far in the literature only allow to address multiple modules by re-injecting the droplet at the source every time, which is a very complex task and increases the risk of ruining the sample. In this work, we address this issue by revising the design of the network nodes, which include the modules. A novel configuration allows the droplet to undergo processing several times in cascade by different modules with a single injection. Simulating the trajectory of the droplets across the network confirmed the validity of our approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017
EditorsMerouane Debbah, David Gesbert, Abdelhamid Mellouk
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467389990
StatePublished - 28 Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017 - Paris, France
Duration: 21 May 201725 May 2017

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Communications
ISSN (Print)1550-3607


Conference2017 IEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2017


  • Droplet-based microfluidics
  • labs-on-chip
  • networked labs-on-chip
  • passive switching and sorting


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