Micro/Nanofluidics

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“Micro-factories” for rapid development of high-value biochemicals

Internationally the race is on to discover new enzymes and other biomolecules with valuable properties such as pharmaceuticals. CSIRO is working to create a new microchip technology to give Australian industry tools for success in this race

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Next generation pathogen detection with lab-on-a-chip platforms

Detection of pathogens is critical for disease diagnosis, food safety control, water quality monitoring and homeland security. Traditional detection methods are time consuming and complex – a portable lab on a chip enables fast and simple pathogen detection.

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Microchips to mimic living cells

Researchers from CSIRO have successfully developed a microchip that mimics a living cell by housing millions of tiny water droplets which synthesise enzyme molecules. This is a critical step towards fast-tracking low cost protein development.

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Protecting the nations’ water supply

Microfluidic sensing platforms capable of sorting and filtering nano-particles within aquatic sensor systems may hold the key for future pathogen detection within community water supplies.

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Synthesising high quality enzymes

In nature, enzymes are used to catalyse and break down proteins. New methods of synthetic production have vastly broadened the applications of such enzymes.

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Acoustic nanofluidics

Simulated molecular dynamics at the nanoscale show tremendous potential for improved manipulation of particles and molucules in fluids. This project examines rapid fluid flow in nanochannels induced by surface acoustic waves.

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Evolving enzymes on a microchip

This project aims to develop an integrated microfluidic chip that can perform in vitro enzyme synthesis and evolution, potentially revolutionising nano- and bio-technologies.

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