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Novel Platform for Droplet Detection and Size Measurement Using Microstrip Transmission Lines

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de Novais Schianti, Juliana [1] ; Serrano, Ariana L. C. [2] ; Orquiza de Carvalho, Daniel [3] ; Penchel, Rafael A. [3] ; Mota Pinheiro, Julio [2] ; Gongora-Rubio, Mario R. [1] ; Pamplona Rehder, Gustavo [2]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Inst Technol Res, BR-05508901 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Sao Paulo, Escola Politecn, BR-05508010 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] Sao Paulo State Univ UNESP, BR-13876750 Sao Joao Da Boa Vista, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: SENSORS; v. 19, n. 23 DEC 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

We propose a novel platform for detecting as well as measuring the size of individual droplets in microfluidic channels using microstrip transmission lines. The most outstanding feature of our platform is that, as opposed to previous related works, its design allows for the droplet to flow in a microfluidic channel fabricated between the top strip and the ground plane of a microstrip transmission line. This provides enhanced interaction of the electromagnetic field with the detected droplets. The proposed design allows us to measure droplet size directly from the phase of the microwave signal, without the need for a resonator. The platform is based on low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC), which makes it more compatible with Radiofrequency (RF) and microwave technology than platforms used in previous works. With this platform, we are able to measure droplets as small as 150 mu m in radius. It is worth pointing out that our device could also be used for detection, counting and measurement of other microscopic objects. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/25779-9 - Multi-User Equipment aproved in grant 2012/15159-2: Vector Network Analyser (VNA) up to 70 GHz
Grantee:Ariana Maria da Conceicao Lacorte Caniato Serrano
Support type: Multi-user Equipment Program