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Magnetism and microfluidics

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Magnetic forces are now being utilised in an amazing variety of microfluidic applications. Magnetohydrodynamic flow has been applied to the pumping of fluids through microchannels. Magnetic materials such as ferrofluids or magnetically doped PDMS have been used as valves. Magnetic microparticles have been employed for mixing of fluid streams. Magnetic particles have also been used as solid supports for bioreactions in microchannels. Trapping and transport of single cells are being investigated and recently, advances have been made towards the detection of magnetic material on-chip. The aim of this review is to introduce and discuss the various developments within the field of magnetism and microfluidics.

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13 Sep 2005
03 Nov 2005
First published
28 Nov 2005

Lab Chip, 2006,6, 24-38
Article type
Critical Review

Magnetism and microfluidics

N. Pamme, Lab Chip, 2006, 6, 24
DOI: 10.1039/B513005K

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