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Characterization of Microfluidic Devices Using Microparticles

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Device characterization; Flow visualization; Inertial microfluidics; Microparticle focusing; Microparticle separation


Inertial microfluidics has been attracting intense interest and has been proving to be a powerful tool for size-based, high-throughput, and passive sample preparation in cell biology and clinical diagnostics. For the characterization of an inertial microfluidic device, it is convenient to use buoyant polymer particles to mimic cell suspensions for visualizing their focusing and size-based separation in the device. This characterization methodology provides a convincing way to analyze the device performance comprehensively and helps in predicting cell motion in the device while eliminating the cost and the inconvenience of dealing with Biological samples.


Microfluidics has been receiving considerable attention in recent years for cell separations and sorting due to a number of promising advantages, including high throughput, high efficiency,...

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Wang, X., Zhou, J., Nivedita, N., Papautsky, I. (2013). Characterization of Microfluidic Devices Using Microparticles. In: Li, D. (eds) Encyclopedia of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics. Springer, Boston, MA.

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