Magnetically controlled valve for flow manipulation in polymer microfluidic devices

Attila Gaspar, Menake E. Piyasena, Lajos Daroczi, Frank A. Gomez

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A simple, external in-line valve for use in microfluidic devices constructed of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is described. The actuation of the valve is based on the principle that flexible polymer walls of a liquid channel can be pressed together by the aid of a permanent magnet and a small metal bar. In the presence of a small NdFeB magnet lying below the channel of interest, the metal bar is pulled downward simultaneously pushing the thin layer of PDMS down thereby closing the channel stopping any flow of fluid. The operation of the valve is dependent on the thickness of the PDMS layer, the height of the channel, the gap between the chip and the magnet and the strength of the magnet. The microfluidic channels are completely closed to fluid flows ranging from 0.1 to 1.0 μL/min commonly used in microfluidic applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-531
Number of pages7
JournalMicrofluidics and Nanofluidics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2008


  • Magnetic valve
  • Microfluidic devices
  • Polydimethylsiloxane(PDMS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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