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Studies on spectroscopy of glycerol in THz range using microfluidic chip-integrated micropump
Author(s): Bo Su; Xue Han; Ying Wu; Cunlin Zhang
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Paper Abstract

Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) is a detection method of biological molecules with label-free, non-ionizing, non-intrusive, no pollution and real-time monitoring. But owing to the strong THz absorption by water, it is mainly used in the solid state detection of biological molecules. In this paper, we present a microfluidic chip technique for detecting biological liquid samples using the transmission type of THz-TDS system. The microfluidic channel of the microfluidic chip is fabricated in the quartz glass using Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS) technology and sealed with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) diaphragm. The length, width and depth of the microfluidic channel are 25mm, 100μm and 50μm, respectively. The diameter of THz detection zone in the microfluidic channel is 4mm. The thicknesses of quartz glass and PDMS diaphragm are 1mm and 250μm, individually. Another one of the same quartz glass is used to bond with the PDMS for the rigidity and air tightness of the microfluidic chip. In order to realize the automation of sampling and improve the control precise of fluid, a micropump, which comprises PDMS diaphragm, pump chamber, diffuser and nozzle and flat vibration motor, is integrated on the microfluidic chip. The diffuser and nozzle are fabricated on both sides of the pump chamber, which is covered with PDMS diaphragm. The flat vibration motor is stuck on the PDMS diaphragm as the actuator. We study the terahertz absorption spectroscopy characteristics of glycerol with the concentration of 98% in the microfluidic chip by the aid of the THz-TDS system, and the feasibility of the microfluidic chip for the detection of liquid samples is proved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9275, Infrared, Millimeter-Wave, and Terahertz Technologies III, 92751J (11 November 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2073950
Show Author Affiliations
Bo Su, Beijing Key Lab. for Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging (China)
Capital Normal Univ. (China)
Xue Han, Beijing Key Lab. for Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging (China)
Capital Normal Univ. (China)
Ying Wu, Beijing Key Lab. for Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging (China)
Capital Normal Univ. (China)
Cunlin Zhang, Beijing Key Lab. for Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging (China)
Capital Normal Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9275:
Infrared, Millimeter-Wave, and Terahertz Technologies III
Cunlin Zhang; Xi-Cheng Zhang; Masahiko Tani, Editor(s)

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