Solving mazes using microfluidic networks

Michael J. Fuerstman, Pascal Deschatelets, Ravi Kane, Alexander Schwartz, Paul J.A. Kenis, John M. Deutch, George M. Whitesides

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This work demonstrates that pressure-driven flow in a microfluidic network can solve mazelike problems by exploring all possible solutions is a parallel fashion. Microfluidic networks can be fabricated easily by soft lithography and rapid prototyping. To find the best path between the inlet and the outlet of these networks, the channels are filled with a fluid, and the path of a second, dyed fluid moving under pressure-driven flow is traced from the inlet to the outlet. Varying the viscosities of these fluids allows the behavior of the system to be tailored. For example, filling the channels with immiscible fluids of different viscosities enhances the resolution of paths of different fluidic resistances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4714-4722
Number of pages9
Issue number11
StatePublished - May 27 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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