Paper-based Diagnostics

Current Status and Future Applications

  • Kevin J. Land

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Kevin J. Land, Suzanne Smith, Rosanna W. Peeling
    Pages 1-21
  3. Robert B. Channon, Monpichar Srisa-Art, Katherine Boehle, Charles Henry
    Pages 47-87
  4. Giorgio Gianini Morbioli, Thiago Mazzu-Nascimento, Amanda M. Stockton, Emanuel Carrilho
    Pages 89-122
  5. Suzanne Smith, Dario Mager, Jan G. Korvink, Kevin J. Land
    Pages 123-170
  6. Margot Karlikow, Keith Pardee
    Pages 171-201
  7. Jan G. Korvink
    Pages 203-214
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 215-220

About this book


This book explores the status of paper-based diagnostic solutions, or Microfluidics 2.0. The contributors explore: how paper-based tests can be widely distributed and utilized by semi-skilled personnel; how close to commercial applications the technology has become, and what is still required to make paper-based diagnostics the game-changer it can be. The technology is examined through the lens of the World Health Organization’s ASSURED criteria for low-resource countries (Affordable, Sensitive, Specific, User-friendly, Rapid and robust, Equipment-free, and Deliverable to end-users). Its applications have to include: health technology, environmental technology, food safety, and more. This book is appropriate for researchers in these areas, as well as those interested in microfluidics, and includes chapters dedicated to principles such as theory of flow and surface treatments; components such as biomarkers and detection; and current methods of manufacturing. 

Discusses how paper-based diagnostics can be used in developing countries by comparing current diagnostic tests with the World Health Organization's ASSURED criteria;

Examines how paper-based diagnostics could be integrated with other technologies, such as printed electronics, and the Internet of Things;

Outlines how semi-skilled personnel across a variety of fields can implement paper-based diagnostics.


Instrument-free implementation Micro paper analytical devices Microfluidics 2.0 Paper manufacturing Printed electronics Resource-limited countries World Health Organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Kevin J. Land
    • 1
  1. 1.Council for Scientific and Industrial ResearchPretoriaSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96868-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96870-4
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