Using molecular photoswitches to build functionality for microfluidic systems
Florea, Larisa and Francis, Wayne and Dunne, Aishling and Tudor, Alexandru and Diamond, Dermot (2014) Using molecular photoswitches to build functionality for microfluidic systems. In: COST Action MP 1205 Advances in Optofluidics: Integration of Optical Control and Photonics with Microfluidics, 24-25 Apr 2014, Dublin Institute of Technology.
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In this paper, I will show how molecular photoswitches can be used to provide key functions for microfluidic systems. In particular, I will focus on the optimisation of effects such as the actuation behaviour of hydrogels incorporating spiropyran derivatives, and the potential impact of these advances on the entire area of microfluidics. In addition, I will also summarise recent developments in photo-chemo-propulsion of micro-droplets in fluidic channels.
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