281236 Nanoliter Droplet Microfluidic Viscometer with Additive-Free Operation

Monday, October 29, 2012
Hall B (Convention Center )
Eric Livak-Dahl, Jaesung Lee and Mark A. Burns, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Measurement of the viscosity of a sample solution is an important analytic technique for a variety of applications including medical diagnosis, pharmaceutical development, and industrial processing. The use of droplet-based (for example, water-in-oil) “digital” microfluidics for viscosity measurements allows nanoliter-scale sample volumes to be used, much smaller than those in either standard macro-scale rheometers or single-phase microfluidic viscometers. By observing the flow rate of a sample plug driven by a controlled pressure through a drastic constriction, we achieve accurate and precise measurement of the plug viscosity without addition of labels or tracer particles. Sample plugs in our device geometry had a volume of ~30 nL, and measurements had an average error of 7.2% with an average relative standard deviation of 2.7%. We tested glycerol-based samples with viscosities as high as 101 mPa*s, with the only limitation on samples being that their viscosity should be higher than that of the continuous oil phase.

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