Flexible and easy-to-use microfluidic systems are suitable options for point-of-care diagnostics. Here, we investigate liquid transport in fluidic channels produced by stencil printing on flexible substrates as a reproducible and scalable option for diagnostics and paper-based sensing. Optimal printability and flow profiles were obtained by combining minerals with cellulose fibrils of two different characteristic dimensions, in the nano- and microscales, forming channels with ideal wettability. Biomolecular ligands were easily added by inkjet printing on the channels, which were tested for the simultaneous detection of glucose and proteins. Accurate determination of clinically relevant concentrations was possible from linear calibration, confirming the potential of the introduced paper-based diagnostics. The results indicate the promise of simple but reliable fluidic channels for drug and chemical analyses, chromatographic separation, and quality control.
|Journal||ACS Applied Polymer Materials|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2021|
|MoE publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|