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Optofluidic Flow Meter for sub–nanoliter per minute flow measurements

Published

Author(s)

Jalal Sadeghi, Paul Patrone, Anthony J. Kearsley, Gregory A. Cooksey

Abstract

Performance improvements in microfluidic systems depend on accurate measurement and control of fluids on the micro- and nanoscale, and new applications are continuously moving the needle to lower volumetric flow rates. This work focuses on improving an optofluidic system for measurement and calibration of microflows to the sub-nanoliter per minute range. The experimental measurements rely on an optofluidic system that delivers excitation light and records fluorescence in a precise interrogation region of a microfluidic channel. Using a scaling relationship between flow rate and the fluorescence emission after photobleaching, the system enables real-time determination of flow rates. Here we demonstrate improved calibration of a flow controller to 1 % uncertainty and improved resolution of the optofluidic flow meter to less than 1 nL/min using molecules with lower diffusion coefficients.
Citation
Journal of Biomedical Optics
Volume
27
Issue
1

Keywords

nanoflow, optofluidics, flow meter, calibration, photobleaching, diffusion

Citation

Sadeghi, J. , Patrone, P. , Kearsley, A. and Cooksey, G. (2022), Optofluidic Flow Meter for sub–nanoliter per minute flow measurements, Journal of Biomedical Optics, [online], https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JBO.27.1.017001, https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=932683 (Accessed June 30, 2022)
Created January 31, 2022, Updated April 26, 2022