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Magnetocaloric pump for microfluidic applications

United States Patent Application

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A microfluidic magnetocaloric pump. The magnetic and thermal properties of a ferrofluid such as MnZnFe.sub.2O.sub.4 nanoparticles in an oil- or water-based medium are allowed to interact with a magnetic field that is partially coincident with a thermal gradient. As the ferrofluid heats, it loses its attraction to the magnetic field and is displaced by cooler fluid. The micropump produces fluid propulsion with no moving mechanical parts while requiring only 35 mW power and operation at a temperature of only C.
Love, Lonnie J. (Knoxville, TN), Jansen, John F. (Knoxville, TX), McKnight, Timothy E. (Greenback, TN)
11/ 143,367
June 2, 2005
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725.between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.