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A ferrofluidic magnetic micropump

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5 Author(s)
A. Hatch ; Dept. of Eng., Washington Univ., Seattle, WA, USA ; A. E. Kamholz ; G. Holman ; P. Yager
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A microfluidic pump is described that uses magnetic actuation to push fluid through a microchannel. Operation relies on the use of magnetically-actuated plugs of ferrofluid, a suspension of nanosize ferromagnetic particles. The ferrofluid contacts but is immiscible with the pumped fluid. The prototype circular design demonstrates continuous pumping by regenerating a translating ferrofluidic plug at the conclusion of each pumping cycle. The flow rate can be controlled by adjusting device dimensions or the velocity of an external permanent magnet that directs the motion of the ferrofluid. The ferrofluidic plugs also serve as valves; if the magnetic actuator is stopped, pressure can be maintained with no power consumption. Flow can also be reversed by switching the direction of actuation. The maximum flow rate achieved with minimal backpressure was 45.8 μl/min. The maximum pressure head achieved was 135 mm water (1.2 kPa)

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Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 2 )