The Centrifuge-on-a-Chip relies on microfluidic dynamics principles to separate, sort, and trap cells, rather than using the spinning motion of the conventional centrifuge.

Developed by researchers at UCLA and the California NanoSystems Institute, the chip is able to process sample flow rates of millimeters per minute, and can be organized in parallel with other chips to process larger amounts even faster.

The researchers hope that the Centrifuge Chip will allow for more automated and lower cost sample preparation for use in remote or impoverished areas, as well as streamline and reduce human error in cell based diagnostics.


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