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An inkjet-printed microfluidic rfid-enabled platform for wireless lab-on-chip applications

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Original languageEnglish
Article number6670712
Pages (from-to)4714-4723
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


This paper introduces the first-of-its-kind wireless passive sensing platform combining radio frequency identification (RFID), microfluidics, and inkjet printing technology that enables remote fluid analysis and requires as little as 3 \mu L of fluid. The demonstrated variable microfluidic capacitors, resonators, and RFID tags are fabricated using a novel rapid, low-cost, and low-temperature additive inkjet process, making them disposable. However, even with their disposable nature, the RF microfluidic devices exhibit repeatability and long-term reusability for accurately detecting water, various alcohols, and % content of water/alcohol mixtures down to 1% water in ethanol. While the main discussion is on fluid sensing, the demonstrated components can also be used in fluid-tunable RF applications.


  • Antennas, Inkjet printing, Microfluidics, Passive sensors, Radio frequency identification (RFID), Wireless sensors