Printable paper-based diagnostics

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We applied papermaking techniques to modify the structural properties of the cellulose fiber network in an attempt to design inexpensive, easy-to-use and disposable paper-based analytical devices. The ability of the paper to wick liquids by capillary action was exploited in the development of lateral flow test device. The paper grade was evaluated to meet the needs for sustainable flow of liquids, stability in wetting conditions, brightness and homogeneity. Biofunctionalization of the modified paper was achieved through inkjet printing methods. We show that it was possible to control the fluidic properties of paper to support the transport of fluids and detection particles, to immobilize antibodies on paper by simple physical adsorption and to detect the analyte in clinically relevant ranges. This research was conducted towards the development and design of paper-based diagnostics in the fields of health, well-being, veterinary and environmental point-of-care diagnostics, where the main focus is versatility, novel test formats and low-cost mass production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Fibrous Products in Medical and Health Care, FiberMed11
EditorsPäivi Talvenmaa
Place of PublicationTampere
PublisherTampere University of Technology
ISBN (Print)978-952-15-2607-7
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational conference on Fibrous Products in Medical and Health Care, FiberMed11 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 28 Jun 201130 Jun 2011


ConferenceInternational conference on Fibrous Products in Medical and Health Care, FiberMed11
Abbreviated titleFiberMed11

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