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Issue 7, 2010
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Virtual electrowetting channels: electronic liquid transport with continuous channel functionality

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Abstract

Reported is a new mechanism for electronic transport of liquid in virtual channels. These virtual channels are formed by application of voltage to an array of polymer posts. The posts are coated with a conducting electrode and hydrophobic dielectric, and thereby capable of electrowetting. Directional channel formation, as well as splitting and merging, is also demonstrated using specific arrangements of posts. The channel dimensions are ∼20 µm in cross-section, are scalable, and at the threshold for channel formation the minimum transport speed is ∼1 mm s−1. The virtual electrowetting channels are further unique as they can retain any channel geometry even in the absence of voltage. With the addition of arrayed voltage controls, the virtual electrowetting channels have the potential to combine the advantages of programmable electrowetting and continuous channel functionality into a single lab-on-chip platform.

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The article was received on 04 Dec 2009, accepted on 13 Jan 2010 and first published on 26 Feb 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B925278A
Citation: Lab Chip, 2010,10, 832-836
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    Virtual electrowetting channels: electronic liquid transport with continuous channel functionality

    M. Dhindsa, J. Heikenfeld, S. Kwon, J. Park, P. D. Rack and I. Papautsky, Lab Chip, 2010, 10, 832
    DOI: 10.1039/B925278A

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