G01N 21/8507 (20130101); B01L 3/022 (20130101); B01L 3/5023 (20130101); B81C 1/00119 (20130101); B32B 5/32 (20130101); B01D 2239/025 (20130101); G01N 2021/773 (20130101); B01L 2300/12 (20130101); G01N 21/77 (20130101); B01L 2200/12 (20130101); B01L 2300/0845 (20130101)
A fluidic probe comprising a plurality of oriented fibers with individual fibers having nano-pores in the fiber bodies, the oriented fibers being twisted together, wherein the twisted oriented fibers form micro-pores between the individual fibers, is disclosed. The fluidic probe exhibits excellent flexibility, deployability and absorptive capacity. The enhanced absorptive capacity is due to the fluid absorption via capillary action of the nano-pores and fluid transport via the micro-pores. The probes can also be formed so as to be remotely controlled by electromagnetic fields and thus be used in a hands-free fashion. With these probes, the paradigm of a stationary microfluidic platform can be shifted to include flexible structures that can include multiple microfluidic sensors in a single fibrous probe.
Clemson University (Clemson, SC)
September 12, 2012