A Diffusor/Nozzle Pump Based on a Magnetically Actuated Flexible PCB Diaphragm
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We present a valveless microfluidic pump utilizing an oscillating membrane made from a flexible printed circuit board. The microfluidic channel is fabricated by a 3D printing process and features diffuser/nozzle structures to obtain a directed flow; the flexible membrane is bonded to the channel. The membrane is actuated via Lorentz forces to accomplish out-of-plane motions and push the fluid through the channel. A permanent magnet provides the static magnetic field required for the actuation. The simple fabrication method can potentially be used for inexpensive mass fabrication for disposable devices.