The issue’s front cover features artwork from Kamlesh Patel and colleagues, whose critical review discusses the recent advances in digital microfluidics, focusing on applications for chemistry, biology and medicine. Topics discussed include the use of droplets for chemical synthesis, enzyme assays and the analysis of blood.
Digital microfluidics: a versatile tool for applications in chemistry, biology and medicine
Mais J. Jebrail, Michael S. Bartsch and Kamlesh D. Patel
A communication from Yanyi Huang and co-workers demonstrating an integrated microfluidic immunoassay chip for high-throughput sandwich immunoassay tests is featured on the inside front cover.
The authors state the device can perform ELISA measurements in one hour with just 1 μL of sample for four repeats.
High-throughput immunoassay through in-channel microfluidic patterning
Chunhong Zheng, Jingwen Wang, Yuhong Pang, Jianbin Wang, Wenbin Li, Zigang Ge and Yanyi Huang
The back cover features artwork from Tony Jun Huang and colleagues, whose paper on acoustic-based tunable patterning demonstrates a technique that can arrange microparticles or cells into arrays using pairs of slanted-finger interdigital transducers.
Tunable patterning of microparticles and cells using standing surface acoustic waves
Xiaoyun Ding, Jinjie Shi, Sz-Chin Steven Lin, Shahrzad Yazdi, Brian Kiraly and Tony Jun Huang
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