Based on diffusion mechanism, a program-controlled cyclic particle extraction on an integrated PDMS microfluidic platform is presented. The platform comprises on-chip pneumatic peristaltic pumps and valves connected to a PC-based relay board, hence allowing programmable manipulations. The main concept is cycling a sample stream along with an extraction stream multiple times to enhance the particle separation. A sample solution containing 3-μm and 0.5-μm particles was utilized to demonstrate the process. The average flow rate was 4.75 mm/s and the extraction channel length was 84.3 mm. The relatively accumulative concentration for the 0.5-μm particle was 7.52% at the 1st cycle and became 37.99% at the 10th cycle. The result shows an expected improvement of particle concentration after the cyclic extraction. Higher efficiency can be achieved with more cycles.
An Automated Cyclic Particle Extractor
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Chuang, H, Wereley, ST, & Jacobson, SC. "An Automated Cyclic Particle Extractor." Proceedings of the ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Volume 12: Micro and Nano Systems, Parts A and B. Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA. November 13–19, 2009. pp. 567-570. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2009-10422
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