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Tuneable hydrophoretic separation using elastic deformation of poly(dimethylsiloxane)

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This paper demonstrates a method for tuning elastomeric microchannels for hydrophoretic separation made in poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS). Uniform compressive strain is imposed on the elastomeric microchannel between two acrylic substrates by fastening the bolts. The elastomeric microchannel can change its cross-section during compression, simultaneously tuning the criterion for hydrophoretic ordering. The change of the channel cross-section under compression is studied using a confocal microscope and finite element method (FEM). By pressing the channel for hydrophoretic separation, we achieved tuning of the separation criterion from 7 to 2.5 µm in particle diameter.

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Submitted
13 Nov 2008
Accepted
02 Mar 2009
First published
13 Mar 2009

Lab Chip, 2009,9, 1962-1965
Article type
Technical Note

Tuneable hydrophoretic separation using elastic deformation of poly(dimethylsiloxane)

S. Choi and J. Park, Lab Chip, 2009, 9, 1962
DOI: 10.1039/B820364D

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