This unit offers the application-related and customer-specific development of procedures and prototypes to process and manipulate demanding biological samples. It focuses in part on manipulating individual objects, e.g. the gentle and versatile handling of single cells and particularly small cell samples in microfluidic chips. This usually involves the use of electric fields in the radio frequency range. For more complicated tasks, this is combined with complementary manipulation procedures involving optical tweezers or microfluidic processes.
Besides this, the unit deals with the integration of sensor technology in microfluidic components in order to record key parameters relating to cells and other complex biological samples. State-of-the-art facilities are available for these development tasks.