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Anisotropic composite polymer for high magnetic force in microfluidic systems

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Anisotropic carbonyl iron-PolyDiMethylSiloxane (PDMS) composites were developed and implemented in microfluidic devices to serve as magnetic flux concentrators. These original materials provide technological solutions for heterogeneous integration with PDMS. Besides microfabrication advantages, they offer interesting modular magnetic properties. Applying an external magnetic field during the PDMS reticulation leads to the formation of 1D-agglomerates of magnetic particles, organized in the non-magnetic polymer matrix. This induces an increase of susceptibility as compared to composites with randomly dispersed particles. In this report, we explored the gain in reachable magnetophoretic forces in operating microfluidic devices, from the study of magnetic micro-beads motion injected in the microchannel. We show that even at relatively large distances from the magnetically-functionalized channel wall, the anisotropic composite leads to a factor two increase in the magnetophoretic force. Finally, further investigations based on finite element description suggest that the measured benefit of anisotropic composite polymers does not only rely on the global susceptibility increase but also on the local magnetic field gradients originating from the microstructure.
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hal-02326925 , version 1 (22-10-2019)

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A.-L. Deman, S. Mekkaoui, D. Dhungana, J.-F. Chateaux, A. Tamion, et al.. Anisotropic composite polymer for high magnetic force in microfluidic systems. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 2017, 21 (11), ⟨10.1007/s10404-017-2008-2⟩. ⟨hal-02326925⟩
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