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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 876829, 5 pages
Research Article

Research of Dielectric Breakdown Microfluidic Sampling Chip

School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430074, China

Received 27 January 2013; Accepted 1 February 2013

Academic Editor: Yongfeng Luo

Copyright © 2013 Feng Jiang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Microfluidic chip is mainly driven electrically by external electrode and array electrode, but there are certain disadvantages in both of ways, which affect the promotion and application of microfluidic technology. This paper discusses a scheme that uses the conductive solution in a microchannel made by PDMS, replacing electrodes and the way of dielectric breakdown to achieve microfluidic chip driver. It could reduce the driving voltage and simplify the chip production process. To prove the feasibility of this method, we produced a microfluidic chip used in PDMS material with the lithography technology and experimented it. The results showed that using the dielectric breakdown to achieve microfluidic chip driver is feasible, and it has certain application prospect.