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Inventions 2016, 1(2), 13; doi:10.3390/inventions1020013

Fully-Programmable, Low-Cost, “Do-It-Yourself” Pressure Source for General Purpose Use in the Microfluidic Laboratory

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Polymeric Microsystems, Institute for Semiconductors and Microsystems, Technische Universität Dresden, Nöthnitzer Street 64, 01062 Dresden, Germany
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Research Training Group 1865 “Hydrogel-Based Microsystems”, German Research Foundation, 01062 Dresden, Germany
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Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden (CFAED), 01062 Dresden, Germany
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Academic Editor: Chien-Hung Liu
Received: 28 April 2016 / Revised: 31 May 2016 / Accepted: 16 June 2016 / Published: 22 June 2016
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Abstract

Microfluidics is still a fast growing field and an interesting market, which increasingly demands sophisticated equipment and specific engineering solutions. Aside from the widely discussed chip technology, the external equipment and machinery to operate such a microfluidic chip system comes into focus. A number of companies offer solutions to pursue the various requests made by the microfluidic community. Commercially available systems for pumping fluids are versatile but also highly expensive. Here, we present a fully-programmable pressure source, which is low-cost and can be utilized for pressure-controlled fluid driving, destructive bonding tests, and other pressure-relevant experiments. We evaluated our setup and compared the performance to a commercially available system. Furthermore, we demonstrated the use of the system in the field of droplet microfluidics as a possible application. Our development aims to lower the entrance threshold for microfluidic technology and make it more accessible to a broader audience. View Full-Text
Keywords: microfluidics; pressure source; pressure-driven flow; precision instruments; laboratory equipment; do-it-yourself microfluidics; pressure source; pressure-driven flow; precision instruments; laboratory equipment; do-it-yourself
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Frank, P.; Haefner, S.; Elstner, M.; Richter, A. Fully-Programmable, Low-Cost, “Do-It-Yourself” Pressure Source for General Purpose Use in the Microfluidic Laboratory. Inventions 2016, 1, 13.

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