Paper-Based Microfluidics Perform Mixing Effects by Utilizing Planar Constricted–Expanded Structures to Enhance Chaotic Advection

Chen Hsun Weng, Pei Pei Hsu, An Yu Huang, Jr Lung Lin

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摘要

This study aimed to design and fabricate planar constricted–expanded structures that are integrated into paper-based channels in order to enhance their chaotic advection and improve their mixing performance. Chromatography papers were used to print paper-based microfluidics using a solid-wax printer. Three different constricted–expanded structures—i.e., zigzag, crossed, and curved channels—were designed in order to evaluate their mixing performance in comparison with that of straight channels. A numerical simulation was performed in order to investigate the mixing mechanism, and to examine the ways in which the planar constricted–expanded structures affected the flow patterns. The experimental and numerical results indicated that the proposed structures can successfully mix confluents. The experimental results revealed that the mixing indices (σ) rose from the initial 20.1% (unmixed) to 34.5%, 84.3%, 87.3%, and 92.4% for the straight, zigzag, curved, and cross-shaped channels, respectively. In addition, the numerical calculations showed a reasonable agreement with the experimental results, with a variation in the range of 1.0–11.0%. In future, we hope that the proposed passive paper-based mixers will be a crucial component in the application of paper-based microfluidic devices.

原文English
文章編號1028
期刊Sensors
22
發行號3
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2022 2月 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 分析化學
  • 資訊系統
  • 原子與分子物理與光學
  • 生物化學
  • 儀器
  • 電氣與電子工程

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