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High throughput blood plasma separation using a passive PMMA microfluidic device

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Since plasma is rich in many biomarkers used in clinical diagnostic experiments, microscale blood plasma separation is a primitive step in most of microfluidic analytical chips. In this paper, a passive microfluidic device for on-chip blood plasma separation based on Zweifach–Fung effect and plasma skimming was designed and fabricated by hot embossing of microchannels on a PMMA substrate and thermal bonding process. Human blood was diluted in various times and injected into the device. The main novelty of the proposed microfluidic device is the design of diffuser-shaped daughter channels. Our results demonstrated that this design exerted a considerable positive influence on the separation efficiency of the passive separator device, and the separation efficiency of 66.6 % was achieved. The optimum purity efficiency of 70 % was achieved for 1:100 dilution times.

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Correspondence to Amir Shamloo.

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A. Shamsi and A. Shamloo contributed equally to this work.

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Shamsi, A., Shamloo, A., Mohammadaliha, N. et al. High throughput blood plasma separation using a passive PMMA microfluidic device. Microsyst Technol 22, 2447–2454 (2016).

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