Mapping Vortex-Like Hydrodynamic Flow in Microfluidic Networks using Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy

Ke Liu, Yu Tian, Sean Burrows, Randall Reif, Dimitrios Pappas

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Abstract

The ability to quickly measure flow parameters in microfluidic devices is critical for micro total analysis system (µTAS) applications. Macrofluidic methods to assess flow suffer from limitations that have made conventional methods unsuitable for the flow behavior profiling. Single molecule fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) has been employed in our study to characterize the fluidic vortex generating at a T-shape junction of microscale channels. Due to its high spatial and temporal resolution, the corresponding magnitudes relative to different flow rates in the main channel can be quantitatively differentiated using flow time (τF) measurements of dye molecules traversing the detection volume in buffer solution. Despite the parabolic flow in the channel upstream, a heterogeneous distribution of flow has been detected across the channel intersection. In addition, our current observations also confirmed the aspect of vortex-shaped flow in low-shear design that was develop
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-90
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
StatePublished - 2009

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