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PDMS absorption of small molecules and consequences in microfluidic applications

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Abstract

Microfluidic devices made out of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) have many physical properties that are useful for cell culture applications, such as transparency and gas permeability. Another distinct characteristic of PDMS is its ability to absorb hydrophobic small molecules. Partitioning of molecules into PDMS can significantly change solution concentrations and could potentially alter experimental outcomes. Herein we discuss PDMS absorption and its potential impact on microfluidic experiments.

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The article was received on 23 Aug 2006, accepted on 18 Sep 2006 and first published on 04 Oct 2006


Article type: Focus
DOI: 10.1039/B612140C
Citation: Lab Chip, 2006,6, 1484-1486
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    PDMS absorption of small molecules and consequences in microfluidic applications

    M. W. Toepke and D. J. Beebe, Lab Chip, 2006, 6, 1484
    DOI: 10.1039/B612140C

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