Inkjet-fabricated coated reaction platform for colorimetric glucose detection

Eveliina Jutila, Risto Koivunen, Roger Bollström, Patrick Gane

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Microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADs) provide a simple and low-cost platform for colorimetric glucose assays based on an enzymatic reaction. Most assays utilise filter paper-based reaction platforms, though coated platforms may enable fabrication of even smaller devices and thus lower liquid volumes and increased spatial resolution. In this study, we present a coated microfluidic reaction platform designed for colorimetric detection of glucose, which has been fabricated utilising speciality coated substrates and inkjet printing. The preliminary results show that glucose oxidation takes place on the coated substrates. The glucose assay, nonetheless, can be used to verify the performance of a coated reaction platform, after which the platform could be adapted for detection of other analytes. Evidence is collected to aid future optimisation of the coating formulation, pattern design, reagent application method, preservation of enzyme activity, colorimetric detection improvement to overcome high light scattering, which reduces colour intensity, and defining the detectable glucose range.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Printing and Media Technology
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 44th International Research Conference of iarigai
EditorsPatrick Gane, Cathy Ridgway
Place of PublicationDarmstadt
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-9870704-7-1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2017
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Research Conference of Advances in Printing and Media Technology - Fribourg, Switzerland
Duration: 10 Sep 201713 Sep 2017
Conference number: 44

Publication series

NameAdvances in Printing and Media Technology
ISSN (Print)2409-4021


ConferenceInternational Research Conference of Advances in Printing and Media Technology
Abbreviated titleIARIGAI
Internet address


  • microfluidics
  • paper-based device
  • coated reaction platform
  • colorimetric detection

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