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Microfluidics and Sensor Technology for Oceanographic and Environmental Science Applications

 Friday 10th September 2010, NERC National Oceanography Centre, Southampton


This workshop, organised by the NERC National Oceanography Centre (NOC), attracted some 80 industrial and academic delegates. The focus was on miniaturised multiparametric measurement instruments for high resolution spatial and temporal analysis of ocean samples. Many of the talks related to advances in microfluidic devices for measurement of nutrients, toxins, pH, microbiology and specific chemicals. 


The keynote plenary talk from Christopher Scholin of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (California, USA) presented an Environmental Sample Processor which is a ‘plug and play’ field-deployable system that combines autonomous sample collection capability with molecular analytical detection functionality. Several analytical methods were presented using this common core, including a 2-channel real-time PCR module. This technology has resulted in a spinout company.


Vincent Sieben from the NOC presented advances in microfluidic sensors for nutrient and trace metal detection (nitrite, nitrate, phosphate, iron and manganese). These instruments utilise microfluidics to miniaturise colorimetric analysis, leading to lower reagent consumption, smaller physical size, lower power consumption and longer lifetime. Of particular note were the innovative approaches to instrumentation development including rapid prototyping of microfluidics and a novel approach to optical absorption spectroscopy.


Xavier Solvas from Imperial College presented the use of droplet-based microfluidics for high throughput chemistry. This technique uses droplets as reaction vessels, many thousands of which can be fabricated for high throughput reaction screening and cell based arrays.


The workshop had a healthy mixture of industrial participants and exhibitors, an array of interesting technological advances, and showcased the potential for deployment of analytical techniques in some challenging marine industrial and environmental applications.


Further information on these and the other talks is available from Nathan Hill nathan.hill@qi3.co.uk or the conference organisers www.soton.ac.uk/cmm

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