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Paper-based smart microfluidics for education and low-cost diagnostics

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dc.contributor.author Smith, S
dc.contributor.author Moodley, K
dc.contributor.author Govender, Ureshnie
dc.contributor.author Chen, H
dc.contributor.author Fourie, L
dc.contributor.author Ngwenya, S
dc.contributor.author Kumar, S
dc.contributor.author Mjwana, P
dc.contributor.author Cele, H
dc.contributor.author Mbanjwa, MB
dc.contributor.author Potgieter, S
dc.contributor.author Joubert, T-H
dc.contributor.author Land, K
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-18T12:46:53Z
dc.date.available 2015-12-18T12:46:53Z
dc.date.issued 2015-11
dc.identifier.citation Smith, S., Moodley, K., Govender, U., Chen, H., Fourie, L., Ngwenya, S., Kumar, S., Mjwana, P., Cele, H., Mbanjwa, M.B., Potgieter, S., Joubert, T-H. and Land, K. 2015. Paper-based smart microfluidics for education and low-cost diagnostics. South African Journal of Science, vol. 111(11/12), pp 1-10 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353
dc.identifier.uri http://www.sajs.co.za/sites/default/files/publications/pdf/SAJS%20111_11-12_Smith_Research%20Aricle.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/8330
dc.description Copyright: 2015 Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). Due to copyright restrictions, the attached PDF file only contains the abstract of the full text item. For access to the full text item, please consult the publisher's website. The definitive version of the work is published in South African Journal of Science, vol. 111(11/12), pp 1-10 en_US
dc.description.abstract Current centralised healthcare models pose many challenges, particularly for developing countries such as South Africa, where travel and time costs make it difficult for patients to seek healthcare, even when urgently needed. To address this issue, point-of-care (PoC) tests, which are performed at or near the site of clinical care, have gained popularity and are actively being developed. Microfluidic systems, in which small volumes of fluids can be processed, provide an ideal platform on which to develop PoC diagnostic solutions. Specifically, the emerging field of paper-based microfluidics, with advantages such as low-cost, disposability and minimal external equipment requirements, provides unique opportunities for addressing healthcare issues in developing countries. This work explores the field of paper-based microfluidics, with step-by-step instructions on the design, manufacture and testing processes to realise paper-based devices towards diagnostic applications. Paper-based microfluidic and electronic components are presented, as well as the integration of these components to provide smart paper-based devices. This serves as an educational tool, enabling both beginners and experts in the field to fast-track development of unique paper-based solutions towards PoC diagnostics, with emphasis on the South African context, where both the need for and impact of these solutions are great. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Worrflow;15962
dc.subject Healthcare models en_US
dc.subject Point-of-care en_US
dc.subject PoC en_US
dc.subject Microfluidic systems en_US
dc.subject Paper-based microfluidics en_US
dc.title Paper-based smart microfluidics for education and low-cost diagnostics en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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