Lab-on-a-Chip: Frontier Science in the Classroom

Jan Jaap Wietsma* (Corresponding Author), Jan T. Van Der Veen, Wilfred Buesink, Albert Van Den Berg, Mathieu Odijk

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Lab-on-a-chip technology is brought into the classroom through development of a lesson series with hands-on practicals. Students can discover the principles of microfluidics with different practicals covering laminar flow, micromixing, and droplet generation, as well as trapping and counting beads. A quite affordable novel production technique using scissor-cut and laser-cut lamination sheets is presented, which provides good insight into how scientific lab-on-a-chip devices are produced. In this way high school students can now produce lab-on-a-chip devices using lamination sheets and their own lab-on-a-chip design. We begin with a review of previous reports on the use of lab-on-a-chip technology in classrooms, followed by an overview of the practicals and projects we have developed with student safety in mind. We conclude with an educational scenario and some initial promising results for student learning outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-275
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of chemical education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2018


  • UT-Hybrid-D
  • High school/Introductory chemistry
  • Inquiry-based/Discovery learning
  • Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary
  • Laboratory equipment/Apparatus
  • Microscale lab
  • Nanotechnology
  • Public understanding/Outreach
  • Undergraduate research
  • Hands-on learning/Manipulatives

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