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Coaxial microreactor for particle synthesis

United States Patent

October 22, 2013
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Microfluidic Devices
A coaxial fluid flow microreactor system disposed on a microfluidic chip utilizing laminar flow for synthesizing particles from solution. Flow geometries produced by the mixing system make use of hydrodynamic focusing to confine a core flow to a small axially-symmetric, centrally positioned and spatially well-defined portion of a flow channel cross-section to provide highly uniform diffusional mixing between a reactant core and sheath flow streams. The microreactor is fabricated in such a way that a substantially planar two-dimensional arrangement of microfluidic channels will produce a three-dimensional core/sheath flow geometry. The microreactor system can comprise one or more coaxial mixing stages that can be arranged singly, in series, in parallel or nested concentrically in parallel.
Bartsch; Michael (Menlo Park, CA), Kanouff; Michael P. (Livermore, CA), Ferko; Scott M. (Livermore, CA), Crocker; Robert W. (Fremont, CA), Wally; Karl (Lafayette, CA)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 893,915
September 29, 2010
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention, including a paid-up license and the right, in limited circumstances, to require the owner of any patent issuing in this invention to license others on reasonable terms.