Faculty Advisor

Hou, Zhikun

Faculty Advisor

Liu, Yuxiang


Microfluidics, also referred to as lab-on-a-chip (LOC), is an emerging technology in which fluids can be precisely manipulated using micro-scale devices. In this work, we designed a stand-alone LOC system that includes a self-powered pump, an optical fiber-based flow detection sensor, and smartphone-based imaging platform. The designed device aims to combine multiple physical concepts into one, integrated, self-sufficient, and modular chip-based system. The team developed both fundamental understandings and hands-on experience on microfluidic systems, while the designs show great potential for a fully integrated device. Future work can utilize the methods developed in this work to fabricate and test alternate designs for a working and commercially producible LOC device.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering