Single Magnetic Particle Dynamics in a Microchannel
De, A. K.
Puri, Ishwar K.
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Functionalized magnetic particles are used in micrototal analysis systems since they act as magnetically steered mobile substrates in microfluidic channels, and can be collected for bioanalytical processing. Here, we examine the motion of magnetic microbeads in a microfluidic flow under the influence of a nonuniform external magnetic field and characterize their collection in terms of the magnetic field strength, particle size, magnetic susceptibility, host fluid velocity and viscosity, and the characteristic length scale. We show that the collection efficiency of a magnetic collector depends upon two dimensionless numbers that compare the magnetic and particle drag forces. (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics.