Paper-based inkjet-printed microfluidic analytical devices

Kentaro Yamada, Terence G. Henares, Koji Suzuki, Daniel Citterio

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Rapid, precise, and reproducible deposition of a broad variety of functional materials, including analytical assay reagents and biomolecules, has made inkjet printing an effective tool for the fabrication of microanalytical devices. A ubiquitous office device as simple as a standard desktop printer with its multiple ink cartridges can be used for this purpose. This Review discusses the combination of inkjet printing technology with paper as a printing substrate for the fabrication of microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs), which have developed into a fast-growing new field in analytical chemistry. After introducing the fundamentals of μPADs and inkjet printing, it touches on topics such as the microfluidic patterning of paper, tailored arrangement of materials, and functionalities achievable exclusively by the inkjet deposition of analytical assay components, before concluding with an outlook on future perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5294-5310
Number of pages17
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 27


  • analytical methods
  • bioassay
  • inkjet printing
  • microporous materials
  • sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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