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Polymer Microchips For Capillary Electrophoresis And Electric Field Gradient Focusing Of Biomolecules, Ryan Thomas Kelly Sep 2005

Polymer Microchips For Capillary Electrophoresis And Electric Field Gradient Focusing Of Biomolecules, Ryan Thomas Kelly

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Polymeric materials have seen increasing use as microfluidic device substrates due to their low cost and the simplicity of templated fabrication procedures. I showed that poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microdevices could be enclosed in a boiling water bath, which allowed the seal to form more quickly than in conventional approaches, and enabled microchannels to remain hydrated throughout the bonding process. Microchip capillary electrophoresis (ยต-CE) devices were fabricated using water-based enclosure, and a mixture of fluorescently labeled amino acids was separated in 30 s in these microchips. To create more robust capillary electrophoresis (CE) microdevices with improved separation performance, phase-changing sacrificial ...