, Volume 9, Issue 4-5, pp 1003-1009
Date: 20 Apr 2010

Continuous separation of non-magnetic particles inside ferrofluids

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Abstract

We present a novel and label-free continuous flow non-magnetic microparticle separation scheme in a microfluidic device under static magnetic fields. The separation process is conducted inside water-based ferrofluids. We exploit the difference in particle sizes to achieve binary separation of microparticles with high throughput. We demonstrate size-based separation (1 and 9.9 μm, 1.9 and 9.9 μm, 3.1 and 9.9 μm) of microparticles with a minimum of 105 particles/h throughput and close to 100% separation efficiency.