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Micromachines 2016, 7(12), 235;

Electrokinetic Phenomena in Pencil Lead-Based Microfluidics

Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529, USA
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Academic Editors: Xiangchun Xuan and Nam-Trung Nguyen
Received: 2 October 2016 / Revised: 9 December 2016 / Accepted: 12 December 2016 / Published: 15 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Micro/Nano-Chip Electrokinetics)
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Fabrication of microchannels and associated electrodes to generate electrokinetic phenomena often involves costly materials and considerable effort. In this study, we used graphite pencil-leads as low cost, disposable 3D electrodes to investigate various electrokinetic phenomena in straight cylindrical microchannels, which were themselves fabricated by using a graphite rod as the microchannel mold. Individual pencil-leads were employed as the micro-electrodes arranged along the side walls of the microchannel. Efficient electrokinetic phenomena provided by the 3D electrodes, including alternating current electroosmosis (ACEO), induced-charge electroosmosis (ICEO), and dielectrophoresis (DEP), were demonstrated by the introduced pencil-lead based microfluidic devices. The electrokinetic phenomena were characterized by micro-particle image velocimetry (micro-PIV) measurements and microscopy imaging. Highly efficient electrokinetic phenomena using 3D pencil-lead electrodes showed the affordability and ease of this technique to fabricate microfluidic devices embedded with electrodes for electrokinetic fluid and particle manipulations. View Full-Text
Keywords: alternating current electroosmosis (ACEO); induced-charge electroosmosis (ICEO); dielectrophoresis (DEP); 3D electrode alternating current electroosmosis (ACEO); induced-charge electroosmosis (ICEO); dielectrophoresis (DEP); 3D electrode

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Bashirzadeh, Y.; Maruthamuthu, V.; Qian, S. Electrokinetic Phenomena in Pencil Lead-Based Microfluidics. Micromachines 2016, 7, 235.

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