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Advantages

  • High optical transparency and gas permeability while not absorbing small molecules enables healthy cell culture and easy imaging in the microfluidic devices made of COC. 
  • Stronger bond strength than PDMS devices decreases breakdown and leaks of device. 
  • Manufacturing of COC microfluidic devices with simple, safe resources instead of flammable, toxic chemicals or high temperatures. 
  • Methods for manufacturing features that sense and regulate pressure, allow for precise control of flowrates, and pressure throughout the device. 
  • Highly tunable design.