Implementation of an optimized microfluidic mixer in alumina employing femtosecond laser ablation

S. Tamulevičius, M. Juodenas, T. Tamulevičius, O. Ulčinas

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Abstract

Manipulation of liquids at the lowest levels of volume and dimension is at the forefront of materials science, chemistry and medicine, offering important time and resource saving applications. However, manipulation by mixing is troublesome at the microliter and lower scales. One approach to overcome this problem is to use passive mixers, which exploit structural obstacles within microfluidic channels or the geometry of channels themselves to enforce and enhance fluid mixing. Some applications require the manipulation and mixing of aggressive substances, which makes conventional microfluidic materials, along with their fabrication methods, inappropriate. In this work, implementation of an optimized full scale three port microfluidic mixer is presented in a slide of a material that is very hard to process but possesses extreme chemical and physical resistance - alumina. The viability of the selected femtosecond laser fabrication method as an alternative to conventional lithography methods, which are unable to process this material, is demonstrated. For the validation and optimization of the microfluidic mixer, a finite element method (FEM) based numerical modeling of the influence of the mixer geometry on its mixing performance is completed. Experimental investigation of the laminar flow geometry demonstrated very good agreement with the numerical simulation results. Such a laser ablation microfabricated passive mixer structure is intended for use in a capillary force assisted nanoparticle assembly setup (CAPA).

Original languageEnglish
Article number015013
JournalJournal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Volume28
Issue number1
ISSN0960-1317
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Aluminum Oxide
Laser ablation
Ultrashort pulses
Microfluidics
Alumina
Geometry
Fabrication
Materials science
Laminar flow
Lithography
Medicine
Nanoparticles
Finite element method
Fluids
Computer simulation
Liquids

Keywords

  • alumina
  • femtosecond laser ablation
  • microfluidic mixing
  • tesla valve

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In: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 28, No. 1, 015013, 2018.

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