Figure 10: Automation of (GPI-) protein chips.
The individual reservoir chambers containing all the components which are required for the multi-parameter analysis (Figure 9) including the carrier fluid, which mediates their regulated transport via microfluidic channels, and the mixing unit are integrated into the one-way glass/silicon cartridge. The reactor with installed (GPI-) protein chip and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) detector and the integrated vacuum pump-waste container are implemented in the central unit. One-way cartridge and central unit are interconnected by electrical and microfluidic interfaces. The commercial realisation is presented below with the arrangement of the individual chambers, mixer, reactor and (GPI-) protein chip, SPR detector and vacuum pump-waste container indicated. The microfluidic channels, but not the electric circuits, are shown.
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