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Material transport method and apparatus

United States Patent

May 15, 2001
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An electrospray apparatus uses a microchannel formed in a microchip. Fluid is pumped through the channel to an outlet orifice using either hydraulic or electrokinetic means. An electrospray is generated by establishing a sufficient potential difference between the fluid at the outlet orifice and a target electrode spaced from the outlet orifice. Electrokinetic pumping is also utilized to provide additional benefits to microchip devices.
Ramsey; J. Michael (Knoxville, TN), Ramsey; Roswitha S. (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 440,892
November 16, 1999
This invention was made with Government support under contract DE-AC05-840R21400 to Lockheed Martin Energy Systems, Inc. and the Government has certain rights in this invention.