Microfluidics is a field which uses the manipulation of small amounts of fluid to perform certain functions. The small required sample size has led to its growth in popularity. Many of the chips still require off chip equipment to force flow through the chip which can be inconvenient. Most of the current microfluidic devices are fabricated on PDMS which requires access to a clean room and expensive equipment. This project seeks to address these problems by creating a pump to be used for spherical droplet generation using cross flow on an acrylic microfluidic platform. Our team used laser ablation to fabricate chips to determine the optimal parameters to generate spherical droplets. We also worked to develop a handheld pump which produced the flow rates necessary to generate the droplets.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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