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3D pulsed laser-triggered high-speed microfluidic fluorescence-activated cell sorter

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Abstract

We report a 3D microfluidic pulsed laser-triggered fluorescence-activated cell sorter capable of sorting at a throughput of 23 000 cells per s with 90% purity in high-purity mode and at a throughput of 45 000 cells per s with 45% purity in enrichment mode in one stage and in a single channel. This performance is realized by exciting laser-induced cavitation bubbles in a 3D PDMS microfluidic channel to generate high-speed liquid jets that deflect detected fluorescent cells and particles focused by 3D sheath flows. The ultrafast switching mechanism (20 μs complete on–off cycle), small liquid jet perturbation volume, and three-dimensional sheath flow focusing for accurate timing control of fast (1.5 m s−1) passing cells and particles are three critical factors enabling high-purity sorting at high-throughput in this sorter.

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The article was received on 02 Jul 2013, accepted on 04 Jul 2013 and first published on 04 Jul 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3AN01266B
Citation: Analyst, 2013,138, 7308-7315
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    3D pulsed laser-triggered high-speed microfluidic fluorescence-activated cell sorter

    Y. Chen, T. Wu, Y. Kung, M. A. Teitell and P. Chiou, Analyst, 2013, 138, 7308
    DOI: 10.1039/C3AN01266B

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