Fast and controllable elastocapillary flow channels using suspended membranes

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Abstract

The ability to control the fluid velocity and flow rate in microfluidic paper-based analytical devices (μPADS) will help to enable more sensitive and flexible point-of-care (POC) diagnostics. We present an elastocapillary channel design, for fluid flow in porous membranes, which enables an increase in flow velocity by a factor of up to 4.45 compared with a porous membrane used in a standard, non-suspended, format. The increase in flow rate is controllable with varying channel width, and is enabled by using an elastocapillary action, where the flexible porous membrane is suspended over a rigid substrate and deformed during fluid imbibition. This enabling technology is particularly useful in POC diagnostics, where small samples need be rapidly transported and mixed with minimal loss of volume.
Original languageEnglish
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Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2018

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