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NanoFab Tool: Microfluidic Test Station

Photo Microfluidic Test Station

The CorSolutions microfluidic test station consists of a digital microscope, PneuWave pneumatic pump, and microfluidic probes to enable non-destructive, rapid connection and testing of micro- and nano-fluidic devices. This system provides closed-loop control of fluid by pressurizing the fluid vessel, then measuring the resulting fluid flow. This technique provides pulse-free flow with a fast response time to changing flow rates or pressure. The system is also capable of fully programmable fluid delivery and user-defined pressure profiles (including ramp up & ramp down) with simultaneous data logging. This system can accommodate devices up to 4 inches by 6 inches. 

Specifications/Capabilities

  • XY translational stage with 4-inch by 6-inch travel
  • Top and bottom LED illumination
  • Digital microscope with 25X to 200X magnification, motorized Z axis
  • Four fluidic connectors (1/16 & 1/32 inch tubing gaskets)
  • Closed loop, flow control of 2 independent fluid channels (0.1-50µL/min)
  • Pulse-free flow with fast response time 
  • Voltage probe mount

Usage Information

Supported Sample Sizes

  • Maximum 4 inch (100mm) by 6 inch (150 mm)
  • Small pieces supported

Recommended Substrates/Restricted Materials

  • Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and other elastomeric polymer based devices
  • Aqueous solutions only for testing 
  • Nanoparticles (in any form) are not permitted
     

Typical Applications

  • Pressure and Leak testing of microfluidic devices using aqueous solutions
Created February 8, 2017, Updated October 19, 2018