A simplified method for capillary embedment into microfluidic devices exemplified by sol-gel based preconcentration
2007 (English)In: Electrophoresis, ISSN 0173-0835, E-ISSN 1522-2683, Vol. 28, no 24, 4758-4764 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We here describe an alternative method of embedding ftinctionalized capillaries into microdevices fabricated in PDMS. The capillaries have square-shaped outer dimensions and fit into elastic PDMS channel networks of similar dimensions. By modifying the capillary off-chip, the technique makes it possible to integrate a new chip function without risking contamination of already existing chemically patterned areas because of new reagent solutions. Leak-free insertion of these capillaries has earlier been reported, where a thin layer of uncured PDMS bonded the capillary to the microchannel and the lid structure. In this new approach, oxygen plasma is used to bond the square capillary to the PDMS, eliminating the risk of dogging the microsystem with uncured prepolymer. The new embedding technique was exemplified and evaluated by inserting a square capillary piece containing monolithic sol-gel for sample preconcentration application. The assembled microdevice was run with mass spectrometric detection, showing that peptides were preconcentrated without leakage from either the sol-gel itself or around the inserted capillary. Repeated preconcentration runs showed migration times better than 3% for all peptides. We believe that the presented microchip assembling technique greatly simplifies the insertion of functionalized capillary pieces, e.g., an initial preconcentrator to a PDMS device containing other downstream modules.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 28, no 24, 4758-4764 p.
microfluidics, PDMS, preconcentration, sol-gel
Chemical Sciences Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-95128DOI: 10.1002/elps.200700221ISI: 000252465600028PubMedID: 18008304OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-95128DiVA: diva2:169219