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Bipolar electrochemistry for cargo-lifting in fluid channels

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We report for the first time the vertical propulsion of conducting beads in liquid filled capillaries by bipolar electrochemistry. The beads, when exposed to an external electric field, act as bipolar electrodes showing hydroquinone oxidation on one side and proton reduction on the other side. The related asymmetric bubble generation occurring at the bottom part of the beads drives their motion. The characteristic features of the propulsion can be tuned by changing parameters such as the applied electric field or the capillary shape. Using a conical capillary, we show that a Yo-Yo type motion can be induced. The quite versatile concept can then be used for cargo-lifting and is of potential interest for microfluidic applications in LOC devices.

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The article was received on 30 Dec 2011, accepted on 13 Feb 2012 and first published on 15 Feb 2012

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2LC21301J
Citation: Lab Chip, 2012,12, 1967-1971
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    Bipolar electrochemistry for cargo-lifting in fluid channels

    G. Loget and A. Kuhn, Lab Chip, 2012, 12, 1967
    DOI: 10.1039/C2LC21301J

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