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Stimuli-controlled fluid control and microvehicle movement in microfluidic channels

Dunne, Aishling and Francis, Wayne and Delaney, Colm and Florea, Larisa and Diamond, Dermot (2017) Stimuli-controlled fluid control and microvehicle movement in microfluidic channels. In: Hashmi, Saleem, (ed.) Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Elsevier Reference Module, 04043 . Elsevier, Netherlands. ISBN 978-0-12-803581-8

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Integration of stimuli-responsive materials into microfluidic systems provides a means to locally manipulate flow at the microscale, in a non-invasive manner, while also reducing system complexity. In recent years, several modes of stimulation have been applied, including electrical, magnetic, light and temperature, among others. To achieve remote control of flow in microfluidics using external stimulation, two main approaches have emerged in the recent years: 1. Control of flow through stimuli-induced actuation of microfluidic components (valves, pumps, mixers, flow sorters), most often fabricated from soft polymeric materials; 2. Stimuli-controlled manipulation of discrete micrometer-sized “vehicles” (droplets, beads, Janus particles, etc.) through localized induced changes in wettability or surface tension. The focus of this chapter will be to identify and compare the similarities and underlying mechanisms employed in the current state of the art research in stimuli-controlled fluid control and micro-vehicle movement fields. It will also endeavor to propose possible directions for the evolution of these areas of research.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:microfluidics
Subjects:Physical Sciences > Chemistry
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Chemical Sciences
Research Initiatives and Centres > INSIGHT Centre for Data Analytics
Research Initiatives and Centres > National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR)
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Copyright Information:© Elsevier 2015
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
Funders:Science Foundation Ireland. SFI/12/RC/2289, European Framework Programme 7. NAPES grant no. 604241, COST Action MP1205
ID Code:21754
Deposited On:22 Mar 2017 14:51 by Larisa Florea. Last Modified 01 Oct 2017 01:02

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