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Time-regulated Actuation Signal for Enhancement of Droplet Transportation in Digital Microfluidics
Tianlan Chen; Cheng Dong; Jie Gao; Yanwei Jia; Pui-In Mak; Mang-I Vai; Rui P. Martins
Conference NameLAB-ON-A-CHIP ASIA Microfluidics & Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Source PublicationLAB-ON-A-CHIP ASIA Microfluidics & Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Conference Date20-21 November, 2014
Conference PlaceNanyang Executive Centre, NTU, Singapore

Digital Microfluidics (DMF) is an attractive technology for biological/chemical micro-reactions due to its distinct droplet manageability via electronic automation. However, the limited velocity of droplet transportation has hindered DMF from being utilized in high throughput applications. Here we introduce two novel control-engaged electrode-driving techniques: Natural Discharge after Pulse (NDAP) and Cooperative Electrodes (CE). NDAP is based on a series of DC pulses and multi-cycle natural discharging coordinated with the droplet dynamic motions, facilitating real-time droplet position sensing. CE is an early-charging of the target electrode before discharging the current one to avoid droplet deformation and local vibration at the gaps between two electrodes. By combining NDAP with CE, we have for the first time increased the droplet transportation efficiency without compromising the lifetime of electrodes in DMF. This work, together with our previous publications, should be valuable for scientists and engineers working on enhancing the throughput and the reliability of control-engaged DMF systems for automated applications.

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CollectionFaculty of Science and Technology
AffiliationState Key Laboratory of Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI and FST-ECE, University of Macau, Macao, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Tianlan Chen,Cheng Dong,Jie Gao,et al. Time-regulated Actuation Signal for Enhancement of Droplet Transportation in Digital Microfluidics[C],2014.
APA Tianlan Chen,Cheng Dong,Jie Gao,Yanwei Jia,Pui-In Mak,Mang-I Vai,&Rui P. Martins.(2014).Time-regulated Actuation Signal for Enhancement of Droplet Transportation in Digital Microfluidics.LAB-ON-A-CHIP ASIA Microfluidics & Point-of-Care Diagnostics.
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