Make and Characterize Microfluidic Devices with Gelatin: Do-it-yourself (DIY) Laboratory at Home
Electronic Devices and Semiconductor Manufacturing
Engineering Science and Materials
Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering
Science and Mathematics Education
Microfluidic devices have been fabricated with gelatin and paper clips. Optimization of fabrication and characterization process has been carried out systemically by varying gelatin-to-water ratio, bonding time and connector type. We find that the higher gelatin-to-water ratio and the luer lock syringe tip provide a greater success rate, whereas the influence of bonding time is limited. The Reynolds number was calculated to identify whether the fluid shows laminar or turbulent flow.