Cyclic Olefin Copolymer Microfluidic Devices for Forensic Applications

Brigitte Bruijns*, Andrea Veciana, Roald Tiggelaar, Han Gardeniers

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Microfluidic devices offer important benefits for forensic applications, in particular for fast tests at a crime scene. A large portion of forensic applications require microfluidic chip material to show compatibility with biochemical reactions (such as amplification reactions), and to have high transparency in the visible region and high chemical resistance. Also, preferably, manufacturing should be simple. The characteristic properties of cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) fulfills these requirements and offers new opportunities for the development of new forensic tests. In this work, the versatility of COC as material for lab-on-a-chip (LOC) systems in forensic applications has been explored by realizing two proof-of-principle devices. Chemical resistance and optical transparency were investigated for the development of an on-chip presumptive color test to indicate the presence of an illicit substance through applying absorption spectroscopy. Furthermore, the compatibility of COC with a DNA amplification reaction was verified by performing an on-chip multiple displacement amplification (MDA) reaction.
Original languageEnglish
Article number85
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2019


  • forensic science
  • microfluidic device
  • illicit drug analysis
  • presumptive forensic test
  • UV-VIS spectroscopy
  • cyclic olefin copolymer
  • polymer bonding
  • polymer surface functionalization
  • Forensic science
  • Illicit drug analysis
  • Presumptive forensic test
  • Cyclic olefin copolymer
  • Polymer bonding
  • Polymer surface functionalization
  • Microfluidic device

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