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J Vis Exp. 2013 Aug 27;(78). doi: 10.3791/50524.

Fabrication, operation and flow visualization in surface-acoustic-wave-driven acoustic-counterflow microfluidics.

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NEST Center for Nanotechnology Innovation, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.

Abstract

Surface acoustic waves (SAWs) can be used to drive liquids in portable microfluidic chips via the acoustic counterflow phenomenon. In this video we present the fabrication protocol for a multilayered SAW acoustic counterflow device. The device is fabricated starting from a lithium niobate (LN) substrate onto which two interdigital transducers (IDTs) and appropriate markers are patterned. A polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) channel cast on an SU8 master mold is finally bonded on the patterned substrate. Following the fabrication procedure, we show the techniques that allow the characterization and operation of the acoustic counterflow device in order to pump fluids through the PDMS channel grid. We finally present the procedure to visualize liquid flow in the channels. The protocol is used to show on-chip fluid pumping under different flow regimes such as laminar flow and more complicated dynamics characterized by vortices and particle accumulation domains.

PMID:
24022515
PMCID:
PMC3856708
DOI:
10.3791/50524
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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