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Micro-fluidic interconnect

United States Patent

February 28, 2006
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Microfluidic Devices
An apparatus for simultaneously aligning and interconnecting microfluidic ports is presented. Such interconnections are required to utilize microfluidic devices fabricated in Micro-Electromechanical-Systems (MEMS) technologies, that have multiple fluidic access ports (e.g. 100 micron diameter) within a small footprint, (e.g. 3 mm.times.6 mm). Fanout of the small ports of a microfluidic device to a larger diameter (e.g. 500 microns) facilitates packaging and interconnection of the microfluidic device to printed wiring boards, electronics packages, fluidic manifolds etc.
Okandan; Murat (Albuquerque, NM), Galambos; Paul C. (Albuquerque, NM), Benavides; Gilbert L. (Los Ranchos, NM), Hetherington; Dale L. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
10/ 894,636
July 20, 2004
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 with Sandia Corporation.