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In this work a disposable, parallel microbioreactor (MBR) suitable for screening in batch or continuous mode is presented. The reactor consists of five parallel microchambers made of poly(dimethylsiloxane) bonded to a glass substrate. A grid structure is engraved on each chamber, allowing subsequent morphology imaging. Measurements are recorded over the(More)
A diffusion-based microreactor system operated with a reaction volume of 8 μL is presented and characterized to intensify the process understanding in microscale cultivations. Its potential as screening tool for biological processes is evaluated. The advantage of the designed microbioreactor is the use for the continuous cultivation mode by integrating(More)
A multiparametric system able to classify red and white wines according to the grape varieties and for analysing some specific parameters is presented. The system, known as hybrid electronic tongue, consists of an array of electrochemical microsensors and a colorimetric optofluidic system. The array of electrochemical sensors is composed of six ISFETs based(More)
This paper presents the applicability of a microtechnologically fabricated microbubble column as a screening tool for submerged aerobic cultivation. Bubbles in the range of a few hundred micrometers in diameter were generated at the bottom of an upright-positioned microdevice. The rising bubbles induced the circulation of the liquid and thus enhanced mixing(More)
This paper presents two PDMS photonic biosensor designs that can be used for continuous monitoring of glucose concentrations. The first design, the internally immobilized sensor, consists of a reactor chamber, micro-lenses and self-alignment structures for fiber optics positioning. This sensor design allows optical detection of glucose concentrations under(More)
Beside a quantity of well-known positive characteristics parallel robots also obtain a couple of negative properties limiting their efficient use in certain application areas nowadays. Additional sensors integrated in the passive joints provide the possibility to overcome several of these limitations simultaneously thus leading towards an increasing overall(More)
This paper presents a microfluidic device consisting of five parallel microchambers with integrated readout-grid for the screening of anti-proliferative activity of drugs in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). A two-level SU-8 master was fabricated and replicated with poly(dimethylsiloxane), PDMS, using standard soft-lithographic methods. The relative(More)
The application of a multisensor system to groundwater monitoring is investigated. The sensor system is based on an array of non-specific potentiometric chemical sensors with data processing by artificial neural networks and includes 13 sensors with PVC membranes and 12 solid-state ones. Results of measurements in model solutions containing heavy metals,(More)
In this paper we report on an optical detection method that utilizes two physical effects for signal transduction, namely absorption and shift of refractive index. The device consists of a hollow prism and was fabricated by means of soft-lithography. It exhibits a high degree of monolithic integration. In order to keep down the amount of external equipment(More)
We present the fabrication and characteristics of monolithically integrated ink dyed poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) filters for optical sensing in disposable lab-on-a-chip. This represents a migration of auxillary functions onto the disposable chip with the goal of producing truly portable systems. Filters made from commercially available ink (Pelikan)(More)