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Revolutionizing Microfluidics with Diffusion Bonded COC

The Emergence of COC in Microfluidics: Innovating with Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC)

In the specialized field of microfluidics, the material choice significantly impacts the device’s performance. At IPFL, we’re pioneering a groundbreaking approach by introducing diffusion bonded Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC) microfluidics and manifolds. This advancement represents a notable shift from the commonly used acrylic (PMMA) in the industry.

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Why Choose COC Over Acrylic?

High-Temperature Resilience and Optical Clarity

COC emerges as a high-temperature alternative to acrylic, withstanding temperatures approximately 30°C higher than its PMMA counterpart. This characteristic makes COC particularly valuable in applications where thermal stability is crucial.

Despite its enhanced heat resistance, COC maintains a similar refractive index and transmittance to acrylic. This ensures the optical clarity essential in microfluidic applications. Additionally, COC boasts an extremely low water absorption rate, less than 0.01%, significantly lower than Polycarbonate (0.2%) and PMMA (0.3%). This low absorption is vital in applications where even minimal moisture ingress could alter results.

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Performance Benefits of COC

COC also offers a range of additional benefits, further enhancing its suitability for microfluidic applications:

  • Low density for lightweight yet robust devices.
  • High transparency and gloss, ensuring clear visibility and aesthetic quality.
  • Low birefringence, crucial for applications involving precise optical measurements.
  • Excellent water vapor barrier properties, maintaining the integrity of the device in various environments.
  • High rigidity, tensile strength, and hardness, providing durable and long-lasting components.
  • Outstanding biocompatibility, suitable for medical and scientific applications.

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IPFL: Leading the Way in COC Microfluidics

As a front-runner in creating diffusion bonded COC microfluidics and manifolds, IPFL stands at the forefront of technological innovation. Our expertise enables us to fully exploit the unique properties of COC, delivering microfluidic devices that offer superior durability, precision, and performance.

Our COC microfluidics cater to a wide spectrum of industries, including biomedical, pharmaceutical, and environmental research, where precision and reliability are non-negotiable.

IPFL’s venture into diffusion bonded COC microfluidics is more than an innovation; it’s a significant stride in the field. By leveraging the exceptional properties of COC, we are setting new benchmarks in microfluidic technology and its applications.

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