High-throughput integrated photonic lab-on-a-DVD platforms

GTQ Member: 
Andreu Llobera Adán
GTQ Member: 
Xavier Muñoz Berbel
GTQ Member: 
Pere Jiménez Benet
Research Lines: 
Photonic Lab-On-a-Chip
2008-10-01 10:00 - 2013-09-30 10:00
Unión Europea
Support for frontier research (ERC)-ERC Starting Grant
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The main aim of the proposed research line is to develop high-throughput ultrasensitive photonic lab-on-a-DVD for multiple parallel analyses with an extremely high degree of integration. The already existing high-throughput platforms only use the CD platform as a substrate without any given functionality. Conversely, in this research line, the DVD platform will integrate the following elements: (i) Polymeric photonic components (high-sensitivity Mach-Zehnder interferometers, diffraction gratings and hollow structures). (ii) Polymeric microfluidics (hydrophobic valves and mixers). (iii) Chemical modification of the surface with functional groups prone to interact with the specific analyte and (iv) the necessary information storage in the DVD tracks related to the parameters required (spin speed, position and number of photonic systems, etc) for the measurement in a modified DVD reader. Additionally, a new set-up will be mounted, in which a second DVD-header will be incorporated, in such a way that simultaneous high-throughput measurements could be easily performed with the different photonic elements included in the platform.

As compared to the existing platforms, the presented research line requires the establishment of a dynamic multidisciplinary group comprising experts of photonics, microfluidics (bio)chemistry and electronics. The results obtained herein will allow the definition of an advanced photonic high-throughput lab-on-a-DVD platform that will definitely have a large number of application fields, ranging from molecular diagnosis to analytical chemistry or proteomics.

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