, Volume 19, Issue 7, pp 989-994
Date: 16 Nov 2012

A micro PDMS flow sensor based on time-of-flight measurement for conductive liquid

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Transdermal extraction of interstitial fluid (ISF) offers an attractive method for non-invasive blood glucose monitoring. In order to calculate blood glucose concentration accurately, precise volume measurement of transdermally extracted ISF is required due to human skin’s varying permeability. In this paper, we presented a novel flow sensor fabricated from polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), designed to measure the volume of conductive liquid. The flow sensor consists of two pairs of metal electrodes, which are fabricated in the PDMS channel. The volume of liquid is measured utilizing the time-of-flight of the two electrode pairs’ resistance while the liquid is flowing through the flow sensor. 1–14 μL normal saline solution was measured, the flow sensor measured volumes correlate very well (R 2 = 0.9996 and R 2 = 0.9975 for vacuum pump and syringe pump situations respectively) with the actual volumes. And the coefficient of variation for 10 times 10 μL normal saline solution measurement is 0.0077 (vacuum pump) and 0.0381 (syringe pump), respectively. The demonstrated flow sensor provides excellent functionality for conductive liquid.