Microfluidics: The Window to Your Reservoir

See what’s happening inside your rock

Microfluidic fluid analysis technology is an integral part of our laboratory workflows at fluidXlab. We integrate microfluidics to complement or replace conventional measurement methods for IOR/EOR, H2 storage and CCS/CCUS applications. More than that, our understanding of the full range of experiments allows us to combine the best of both worlds and to create valuable synergies.

In short: We are able to provide you with an accurate window to your reservoir, enabling you to see what’s happening inside your rock.

WHY CHOOSE fluidXlab?

The fast and economical visualisation of fluid dynamic flow and processes helps reduce costs and accelerates investigations. This makes microfluidics an ideal solution for energy companies, IOR/EOR & PVT departments, people working in energy storage and fluid analytics (researchers, engineers), as well as researchers in the field of low carbon/environmental gases applications.

Good to know: Accurate and efficient fluid analysis performed at extreme conditions and under tight deadlines can also accelerate the implementation of net-zero projects. This ultimately results in faster decarbonisation. Additionally, employing     microfluidic testing methods minimises the laboratory's environmental impact, as fewer chemicals are used in the experiments.

fluidXlab team member, Marcel Steinmetz, with a HOT microfluidic chip

Benefits of our microfluidics fluid analysis technology

Microfluidics technology by fluidXlab is suitable for a range of applications and offers many advantages over traditional methods, including – but not limited to – the ability to process small volumes of fluid more quickly and with greater accuracy.

Small fluid volume & cost efficiency

Small fluid volume & cost efficiency

Our microfluidic fluid analysis technology requires only a very small sample volume, which helps expedite and optimise the implementation process of EOR projects. Conventional experiments require at least 100 millilitres of sample. However, with our microfluidic fluid analysis technology, just a few millilitres suffice – which translates into an impressive hundredfold reduction in sample volume needed. This makes our technology highly cost-efficient and simultaneously conserves valuable resources.

Fast results & screening

Fast results & screening

When using conventional methods, the pre-screening may consume several months. fluidXlab’s microfluidic fluid analysis technology can significantly accelerate this process while providing a fully automated system. This saves time and resources, allowing you to focus on other crucial aspects of the project.



Another key benefit of our microfluidic fluid analysis technology is its ability to provide visualisations of fluid behaviours at the micro-nanofluidics scale. This leads to a more comprehensive understanding of fluid dynamic processes, which in turn enables reliable and efficient analyses.

Small in size – big in visualisation!

Scope of microfluidics services

  • Phase diagram (dew point, bubble point)
  • Fluid properties (density, viscosity)
  • Fluid interactions (MMP, diffusion)
  • EOR effect (swelling, micro/macro-emulsions)
  • High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT)
  • H2 & CO2 compatible
  • Asphaltene
  • Wax
  • Salts precipitations
  • High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT)
  • H2 & CO2 compatible
  • Flow through porous media (saturation profiles, recovery factor)
  • Chemical IOR (polymer, alkaline, surfactant)
  • Foam injection
  • Gas injection
  • Thermal EOR
  • Microbial
  • High Pressure, High Temperature (HPHT)
  • H2 & CO2 compatible
  • High-pressure fluid testing micromodels (MMP, flow assurance, dew point)
  • Porous media chips based on µCT and thin sections
  • High Pressure / High Temperature (HPHT)
  • H2 & CO2 compatible

Discover what others say about fluidXlab

We invited HOT fluidXlab to provide laboratory support in our research of potential candidates for underground hydrogen storage (UHS) in Austria. HOT fluidXlab never ceased to impress with their professionalism, persistence and surpassing any our expectations in delivering highly valuable and reliable data.

Dr. Clemens T., Senior Reservoir Engineering Advisor at OMV Energy


Our most recent work was featured in the following publications:

Selecting EOR Polymers through Combined Approaches—A Case for Flooding in a Heterogenous Reservoir

Borovina, Ante, Rafael E. Hincapie, Torsten Clemens, Eugen Hoffmann, and Jonas Wegner. 2022.

Polymers. 2022; 14(24):5514.

Real structure micromodels based on reservoir rocks for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications

Calvin Lumban Gaol, Jonas Wegner and Leonhard Ganzer

Lab on a Chip, 2020, 20. Jg., Nr. 12, S. 2197-2208.

Coupling Microfluidics Data with Core Flooding Experiments to Understand Sulfonated/Polymer Water Injection

Tahir, Muhammad, Rafael E. Hincapie, Nils Langanke, Leonhard Ganzer, and Philip Jaeger. 2020.

Polymers 12, no. 6: 1227.

Advanced Carbon Management Solutions

fluidXlab: Advanced Carbon Management Solutions


Advanced Hydrogen
Laboratory Solutions

fluidXlab: Advanced Hydrogen (H2) Laboratory Solutions


CCS/CCU Fluid Characterisation

fluidXlab: CCS/CCU Fluid Characterisation


Unlock the power of microfluidics!

fluidXlab offers cutting-edge microfluidic fluid analysis technology that gives you the power to see inside your rock. It lets you build a window to your reservoir, enabling you to make informed decisions fast and with the best possible knowledge. To learn more about our solutions and how they can help you streamline your operations, get in touch with us today!

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