Nitrocellulose Membranes for Lateral Flow Immunoassays: A Technical Treatise

  • Michael A. MansfieldEmail author


Lateral flow tests on the market today come in a variety of configurations. In simplest form, the test strip comprises several porous materials mounted on an adhesive backing and covered with an adhesive tape. In more complex designs, the strips are placed into plastic housings. The housing is used to expose the sample pad, maintain proper alignment of the materials, and indicate positions of the test and control lines. While an adhesive backing is normally used for mounting of the porous materials during the manufacturing process, the tape used to cover the materials may be reduced or eliminated depending on the internal design of the housing. In the most complex designs, the housing is designed to hold the materials in the desired alignment. The housing, the materials, and the manufacturing process are integrated so that alignment does not require adhesive materials. Also, a desiccant tablet is often placed inside the housing. A recently introduced pregnancy test even...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Diagnostic Business Unit, Millipore CorporationBedford

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