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      Rapid mixing with high-throughput in a semi-active semi-passive micromixer.

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          In this paper, we investigate a novel alternating current electrothermal (ACET) micromixer driven by a high efficiency ACET micropump. The micromixer consists of thin film asymmetric pairs of electrodes on the microgrooved channel floor and array of electrode pairs fabricated on the top wall. By connecting electrodes with AC voltage, ACET forces are induced. Asymmetric microgrooved electrodes force the fluids along the channel, while lateral vortex pairs are generated by symmetric electrode pairs located on the top wall. Waviness of the floor increases contact area between two confluent streams within a narrow confinement. An active mixer operates as a semi active semi passive mixer. Effects of various parameters are investigated in details in order to arrive at an optimal configuration that provides for efficient mixing as well as appreciable transport. It is found that using a specific design, uniform and homogeneous mixing quality with mixing efficiency of 97.25% and flow rate of 1.794μm2/ min per unit width of the channel can be achieved.

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          Journal
          Electrophoresis
          Electrophoresis
          Wiley-Blackwell
          1522-2683
          0173-0835
          May 2017
          : 38
          : 9-10
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India.
          Article
          10.1002/elps.201600393
          28256732
          ba1755c3-7f27-41d9-9cda-f355a5ca36d1

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