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When robotics met fluidics

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Abstract

High-throughput fluidic technologies have increased the speed and accuracy of fluid processing to the extent that unlocking further gains will require replacing the human operator with a robotic counterpart. Recent advances in chemistry and biology, such as gene editing, have further exacerbated the need for smart, high-throughput experimentation. A growing number of innovations at the intersection of robotics and fluidics illustrate the tremendous opportunity in achieving fully self-driving fluid systems. We envision that the fields of synthetic chemistry and synthetic biology will be the first beneficiaries of AI-directed robotic and fluidic systems, and largely fall within two modalities: complex integrated centralized facilities that produce data, and distributed systems that synthesize products and conduct disease surveillance.

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Submitted
21 Oct 2019
Accepted
19 Dec 2019
First published
20 Dec 2019

Lab Chip, 2020,20, 709-716
Article type
Perspective

When robotics met fluidics

J. Zhong, J. Riordon, T. C. Wu, H. Edwards, A. R. Wheeler, K. Pardee, A. Aspuru-Guzik and D. Sinton, Lab Chip, 2020, 20, 709
DOI: 10.1039/C9LC01042D

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