Polymer Characterization on a Microfluidic Chip

 

 

Author: Thomas Q. Chastek

Mentors: Eric Amis, Katheryn Beers

Division: Polymers (854)

 

Building 224, Room B218, MS8542

Office: 301-975-4671

Fax: 301-975-4924

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Category: Materials

 

 

 

Miniaturizing technology onto a microfluidic device offers many advantages. The devices require a minimal amount of sample, there is well-controlled mixing, and they can be produced at little cost. Work at NIST has already yielded a quick and inexpensive method for preparing devices that are compatible with most organic solvents. This project aims to incorporate common polymer characterization techniques, such as light scattering and liquid chromatography, onto these microfluidic devices.