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Micromachines 2015, 6(7), 865-878;

All Silicon Micro-GC Column Temperature Programming Using Axial Heating

School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30324, USA
Department of Chemistry, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA 30314, USA
Food Processing Center, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
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Academic Editor: Manabu Tokeshi
Received: 14 May 2015 / Revised: 19 June 2015 / Accepted: 3 July 2015 / Published: 10 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Micro/Nano Devices for Chemical Analysis)
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In this work we present a high performance micro gas chromatograph column with a novel two dimensional axial heating technique for faster and more precise temperature programming, resulting in an improved separation performance. Three different axial resistive heater designs were simulated theoretically on a 3.0 m × 300 μm × 50 μm column for the highest temperature gradient on a 22 by 22 μm column. The best design was then micro-fabricated and evaluated experimentally. The simulation results showed that simultaneous temperature gradients in time and distance along the column are possible by geometric optimization of the heater when using forced convection. The gradients along the column continuously refocused eluting bands, offsetting part of the chromatographic band spreading. The utility of this method was further investigated for a test mixture of three hydrocarbons (hexane, octane, and decane). View Full-Text
Keywords: gas chromatography; MEMS; joule heating; thermal gradient gas chromatography; MEMS; joule heating; thermal gradient

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Navaei, M.; Mahdavifar, A.; Dimandja, J.-M.D.; McMurray, G.; Hesketh, P.J. All Silicon Micro-GC Column Temperature Programming Using Axial Heating. Micromachines 2015, 6, 865-878.

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