A 3D Printed Jet Mixer for Centrifugal Microfluidic Platforms
Homogeneous mixing of microscopic volume fluids at low Reynolds number is of great significance for a wide range of chemical, biological, and medical applications. An efficient jet mixer with arrays of micronozzles was designed and fabricated using additive manufacturing (three-dimensional (3D) printing) technology for applications in centrifugal microfluidic platforms. The contact surface of miscible liquids was enhanced significantly by impinging plumes from two opposite arrays of micronozzles to improve mixing performance. The mixing efficiency was evaluated and compared with the commonly used Y-shaped micromixer. Effective mixing in the jet mixer was achieved within a very short timescale (3s). This 3D printed jet mixer has great potential to be implemented in applications by being incorporated into multifarious 3D printing devices in microfluidic platforms.
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Wang, Y., Zhang, Y., Qiao, Z., & Wang, W. (2020). A 3D Printed Jet Mixer for Centrifugal Microfluidic Platforms. Micromachines, 11 (7) https://doi.org/10.3390/mi11070695