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A liquid-triggered liquid microvalve

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6 Author(s)
Melin, J. ; Dept. of Signals, Sensors & Syst., R. Inst. of Technol., Stockholm, Sweden ; Roxhed, N. ; Gimenez, G. ; Griss, P.
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This work introduces a novel surface tension and geometry based liquid-triggered liquid microvalve for on-chip liquid control. The simultaneous presence of two liquid plugs at the uncomplicated valve junction triggers the further movement of the liquids and overcomes the stop valve function of the device, thereby providing a precise means of timing liquid movement on-chip. The structure was shown to successfully function and forms the basis for several novel and useful functions, including fluidic AND gates, contactless on-chip liquid sample control, timing of independent processes on the same microchip, bubble-free joining of liquids, all of which pose great challenges in the area of microfluidics.

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TRANSDUCERS, Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, 12th International Conference on, 2003  (Volume:2 )

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8-12 June 2003