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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
204601000 Capillary electrophoresis type 91
204627000 Barrier separator (e.g., electrodialyzer, etc.) 51
204643000 Dielectrophoretic (i.e., uses nonuniform electric field) 32
204606000 Gel electrophoresis type 22
204641000 Absorbent strip (e.g., cellulose acetate, paper strip, etc.) type 5
20090260990Electroosmotic material, method for production of the material, and electroosmotic flow pump - A porous sintered material is produced which is suitable as an electroosmotic material constituting an electroosmotic flow pump. At least one member selected from BaO, SrO, CaO, TiO10-22-2009
20090127118SAMPLE SEPARATION/ADSORPTION APPLIANCE - A sample separation/adsorption appliance (05-21-2009
20110094887SAMPLE SEPARATION/ADSORPTION APPLIANCE - A sample separation/adsorption appliance (04-28-2011
20090071834Methods and Devices for Concentration and Fractionation of Analytes for Chemical Analysis Including Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization (MALDI) Mass Spectrometry (MS) - A device is described for pre-concentration and purification of analytes from biological samples (such as human serum, plasma, homogenized solid tissue, etc.) to be analyzed by Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry (MALDI MS) and methods of use thereof are provided.03-19-2009
20110233062Biological Molecule Separation Apparatus - A biological molecule separation apparatus for separating a biological molecule of one embodiment of the present invention has a buffer solution chamber receiving a buffer solution, a separation electrode arranged in the buffer solution chamber, a biological molecule separation medium for separating a biological molecule, a biological molecule adsorption film for adsorbing a biological molecule, a pair of transfer electrodes having a plurality of line shaped conductors extending in a direction perpendicular to a first direction, the conductors being arranged in the direction perpendicular to the first direction, and a separation part which holds the transfer electrode, the biological molecule adsorption film, the medium and the transfer electrode, wherein the transfer electrode, the biological molecule adsorption film, the medium and the transfer electrode are stacked in this order.09-29-2011
204622000 Coating or forming means 4
20100006440Apparatus For Electrophoretic Painting Of Metal Objects, In Particular Lids For Containers For Food Use - The apparatus for electrophoretic repainting of metal objects, in particular lids for containers for food use, comprises a tank (01-14-2010
20110284380Methods for Nanowire Alignment and Deposition - The present invention provides methods and systems for nanowire alignment and deposition. Energizing (e.g., an alternating current electric field) is used to align and associate nanowires with electrodes. By modulating the energizing, the nanowires are coupled to the electrodes such that they remain in place during subsequent wash and drying steps. The invention also provides methods for transferring nanowires from one substrate to another in order to prepare various device substrates. The present invention also provides methods for monitoring and controlling the number of nanowires deposited at a particular electrode pair, as well as methods for manipulating nanowires in solution.11-24-2011
20090038945Method and device for producing by electrophoresis fully ceramic tooth element having a predefined spatial shape - The invention relates to a method and device for producing by electrophoresis fully ceramic tooth elements having a predefined spatial shape, wherein an electric conductive plate (02-12-2009
20100326832Immersion Treatment System - The invention relates to an immersion treatment system, particularly an electrophoretic immersion coating system, comprising at least one immersion basin in a known manner that can be filled with a treatment fluid. A transport system guides the objects to be coated to the immersion basin, into the interior of the immersion basin, out of the immersion basin, and away therefrom. It comprises at least one transport car whereon a vertically displaceable carriage is disposed. A component defining a rotary axis is supported on the same, supporting a mounting device for the object to be treated. A motion sequence for the object can be achieved in said manner, comprising a superposition of a horizontal linear motion, a vertical linear motion, and a rotary motion about the rotary axis.12-30-2010
204644000 Isoelectric focusing (i.e., uses pH variation) 2
20110132763SOLUTION PHASE ELECTROPHORESIS DEVICE, COMPONENTS, AND METHODS - A device for fluid phase electrophoresis, particularly solution phase isoelectric focusing, components thereof, and methods for use are presented.06-09-2011
20090178929SEPARATION DEVICE FOR ISOELECTRIC FOCUSING - The invention relates to a device for use in separation, especially isoelectric focusing employing “pH sink regions”, whereby the direction of change in pH is reversed.07-16-2009
204645000 Isotachophoretic (i.e., displacement electrophoretic) or means to measure ion or particle mobility 1
20080302666APPARATUS FOR DIFFERENTIAL CHARGED-PARTICLE MOBILITY - The invention provides methods of preparation of lipoproteins from a biological sample, including HDL, LDL, Lp (a), IDL, and VLDL, for diagnostic purposes utilizing differential charged particle mobility analysis methods. Further provided are methods for analyzing the size distribution of lipoproteins by differential charged particle mobility, which lipoproteins are prepared by methods of the invention. Further provided are methods for assessing lipid-related health risk, cardiovascular condition, risk of cardiovascular disease, and responsiveness to a therapeutic intervention, which methods utilize lipoprotein size distributions determined by methods of the invention.12-11-2008
204647000 Particle bed separator (e.g., inert particles, ion exchange beads, etc.) 1
20120160693APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MANUFACTURING BICHROMAL BALLS - An apparatus for manufacturing bichromal balls including first and second supply containers; a pair of microchannels for moving the first and second liquids; a pair of nozzles at which the microchannels contact each other; and an actuator, and a method for manufacturing bichromal balls using the same.06-28-2012
204648000 Bulk separator for solids and liquids (e.g., to dewater solids, clarify water, etc.) 1
20100089757GRADIENT ELUTION ELECTROPHORESIS AND DETECTORLESS ELECTROPHORESIS APPARATUS - A microfluidic apparatus and method for performing electrophoretic separation of compounds. The apparatus comprises: a) A first container for containing a sample fluid; b) a second container for containing a separation buffer fluid; c) a channel of a first length having an inlet end and an outlet end, the inlet end connected to the first container and the outlet end connected to the second container; d) a voltage device electrically connected to the first container and the second container, the voltage device facilitating adjustment of the amount of voltage to the first container and the second container; e) a controller for controlling the velocity flow of the sample fluid through the channel from the first container towards the second container; and f) a measuring device for measuring the current through the channel. The method comprises the steps of: a) providing a separation buffer; b) providing a sample solution in fluid contact with the separation buffer; c) applying an electric field to the separation buffer; and d) producing a variable bulk flow of the separation buffer in a direction substantially aligned with said electric field. Fluid contact between the separation buffer and the sample solution is made through a separation column having a length in the range of from approximately 0.01 mm to approximately 5 mm. By the foregoing, compounds can be sequentially detected and quantified.04-15-2010
20100108518ELECTROPHORESIS CHIP AND ELECTROPHORESIS UNIT HAVING THE SAME - In order to provide a high-performance electrophoresis chip and an electrophoresis unit having the same that can restrain the diffusion of sample at an intersection between the electrophoresis groove and the sample introduction groove and prevent decrease in contrast and decrease in resolution, an electrophoresis chip is provided with a sample introduction groove, an electrophoresis groove, and a through hole. The sample introduction groove, the electrophoresis groove, and the through hole are formed on different substrates. In the electrophoresis chip, by combining the substrates, the sample introduction groove and the electrophoresis groove are located in different planes.05-06-2010
20090107843MICROCHIP PROCESSING METHOD AND APPARATUS - The processing apparatus for microchips, each at least having a main flow path performing migration of a sample for analysis inside a sheet-like member, comprises a holding part holding microchips so that the multiple main flow paths are provided; a pretreatment part common to the multiple main flow paths for performing a pretreatment step prior to an analysis step in each of the multiple main flow paths; a processing part for performing analysis in each of the main flow paths independently of the others; and a control part controlling an operation in the pretreatment part so that when a pretreatment step for one main flow path ends, a pretreatment for a next main flow path starts and further controlling an operation in the processing part so that an analysis is subsequently performed for the main flow path where the pretreatment step has ended.04-30-2009
20130026040Digital Microfluidic Platform for Actuating and Heating Individual Liquid Droplets - A digital microfluidic platform utilizes dual active matrix circuitry to actuate and heat liquid droplets on a biochip. Liquid droplets are introduced into a droplet handling area of the biochip where they can be actuated by electrodes residing in pixels of an actuating active matrix array according to the electrowetting on dielectric phenomenon and heated by heating elements residing in pixels of a heating active matrix array. Pixels of the actuating active matrix array and the heating active matrix array are independently addressable such that droplets in the droplet handling area can be selectively heated and actuated according to their location. The actuating active matrix array and heating active matrix array can be formed on the same or different substrates with the droplet handling area disposed above or between the substrates.01-31-2013
20120181178FLUIDIC DEVICE FOR ELECTROPHORESIS OF MOLECULES - A fluidic device is disclosed for making electrophoresis of molecules. The device has channels of closed geometry and variable powers over time. Migration of molecules is contained within channel of closed geometry, whereby they can circulate again and again, thus separating the molecules at a wide migration distance. The device has an injection system which is a secondary channel which intersects the main channel. An arrangement of electrodes along this main channel connected to a variable voltage source with multiple outlets which regulates the value of the electric power in each electrode, and the frequency at which the same varies from one electrode to another. Thus it is achieved to generate a periodic arrangement of powers along the channel which set the flow of the sample optimizing the separation process. Electrodes can be added for the detection of molecules by measuring the changes in electric resistivity, current or voltage.07-19-2012
20090301884Electrophoretic analysis system having in-situ calibration - An electrophoretic system having a plurality of separation lanes is provided with an automatic calibration feature in which each lane is separately calibrated. For each lane, the calibration coefficients map a spectrum of received channel intensities onto values reflective of the relative likelihood of each of a plurality of dyes being present. Individual peaks, reflective of the influence of a single dye, are isolated from among the various sets of detected light intensity spectra, and these can be used to both detect the number of dye components present, and also to establish exemplary vectors for the calibration coefficients which may then be clustered and further processed to arrive at a calibration matrix for the system. The system thus permits one to use different dye sets to tag DNA nucleotides in samples which migrate in separate lanes, and also allows for in-situ calibration with new, previously unused dye sets.12-10-2009
20090236226Modular microfluidic system and method for building a modular microfludic system - A “plug-n-play” modular microfluidic system is described herein which can be made by connecting multiple microfluidic components together to form a larger integrated system. For example, the modular microfluidic system includes a motherboard with interconnecting channels and integrated electrodes (or holes for electrodes to pass) which provide electronic connections to external data acquisition and system control devices. The modular microfluidic system can also include channel inserts (which are placed in the channels of the motherboard), heater units, actuator units, fitting components and microchips/modules with different functionalities which are placed on the motherboard.09-24-2009
20130068622Method and apparatus for real-time monitoring of droplet composition in microfluidic devices - A device for real time monitoring of fluid composition in microfluidic devices. The invention can be integrated into any microfluidic device where fluid moves along a pathway with a measurement region consisting of at least two measurement electrodes. The fluidic pathway can contain an unbound droplet, a droplet confined in at least one aspect, or a continuous flow. The device also includes control circuitry connected to measurement electrodes that allows for the determination of the droplet composition by measuring at least one of capacitance, resistance, or impedance between said electrodes. This invention can (1) measure droplet composition, (2) compare composition against a known sample, (3) monitor droplet mixing, (4) control mixing to achieve specific mixing ratios, (5) measure the particle concentration within a droplet, (6) determine the position of particles in a droplet, and (7) monitor chemical reactions. These functions call all be performed in real time.03-21-2013
20090008255Arrangement for Generating Liquid Flows and/or Particle Flows, Method for Producing and Operating Said Arrangement and Use of the Latter - A device for producing at least one of fluid flows and particles flows includes a substrate having a substrate surface. The substrate surface includes a matrix including a plurality of regions having at least one of a different magnitude of a surface charge, a different sign of the surface charge, and a different height above the substrate. A fluid including at least partially electrically charged particles is disposed at the substrate surface. A first control element is configured to supply a plurality of electrical voltages to a plurality of electrode pairs. The electric field exerts a first force on a component of the fluid within an electrical double layer. The component is disposed adjacent to the substrate surface. The electric field exerts a second force within the double layer and outside the double layer, the second force is exerted on the at least partially electrically charged particles.01-08-2009
20120234680PARTICLE TRANSPORTER - A particle transporter based on travelling-wave dielectrophoresis is provided. The particle transporter includes a plurality of turn-around electrodes. The turn-around electrodes are disposed on a substrate and arranged in a fan shape. The turn-around electrodes provide an arc channel for transporting a plurality of particles. Wherein, the turn-around electrodes are not connected to each other, and neighboring sides of any two adjacent electrodes of the turn-around electrodes are approximately parallel.09-20-2012
20080296159RADIATION-OR THERMALLY-CURABLE OXETANE BARRIER SEALANTS - This invention relates to cationically curable sealants that provide low moisture permeability and good adhesive strength after cure. The composition consists essentially of an electrophoretic device containing an oxetane compound and a photoinitiating system comprising and photoinitiator and optionally a photosensitizer.12-04-2008
20080296158DEVICE FOR ELECTROPHORESIS, DEVICE FOR TRANSFER, DEVICE FOR ELECTROPHORESIS AND TRANSFER, CHIP FOR ELECTROPHORESIS AND TRANSFER, AND METHOD FOR ELECTROPHORESIS, METHOD FOR TRANSFER, AND METHOD FOR ELECTROPHORESIS AND TRANSFER - A device for electrophoresis applies a voltage to a medium in contact with a plurality of electric conductors so that a potential of adjacent conductors is within a certain range. This allows preventing decline in electrophoresis speed. A device for electrophoresis and transfer includes an electrode having a plurality of electrode regions being insulated one another and arranged in a specific direction. This allows providing a practical and easy-to-use device for electrophoresis and transfer. A device for transfer alters an applied voltage or applied voltage duration to a certain position to another position. This allows improving transfer efficiency.12-04-2008
20100170798Fabrication and use of semipermeable membranes and gels for the control of electrolysis - A microfluidic device and method is disclosed having one or more membranes for the control of electrolysis. In one embodiment, a microfluidic device is disclosed that includes body with first channel and second channels separated by a gel layer. A first electrode positioned in the first channel and a second electrode positioned in the second channel wherein a potential applied to the first and second electrodes passes electrons from the first channel to the second channel through the gel layer. In another embodiment, a microfluidic device includes a body having a surface with a channel separating two first reservoirs. One or more membranes are positioned on the surface covering a portion of the channel and a blank is positioned covering the channel and the one or more membranes. A second reservoir through the blank is in contact with the membrane, each second reservoir in communication with the channel via the membrane. A first electrode is positioned in the first reservoir and a second electrode is positioned in the second reservoir wherein a potential applied to the first and second electrodes passes electrons from the first channel to the second channel through the membranes.07-08-2010
20090314643Electrophoresis Cassette and Method for Producing the Same - The object of the present invention is to inject smoothly a precursor to be a support and make an excellent support in which a boundary between a separation gel and a concentration gel after the injection is not ill-defined in the cassette which is made by combining two plates made of a synthetic resin, and in order to achieve the object, the present invention provides an electrophoresis cassette made by combining plates made of a synthetic resin which has a cavity for forming a support, wherein the surface of the plate which contacts with the support is covered with a SiOx film, and the SiOx film has a contact angle to water of 30° or less, and preferably 10° or less.12-24-2009
20110168562Nanopore and Carbon Nanotube Based DNA Sequencer - The present invention provides a device for analyzing the composition of a heteropolymer comprising a carbon nanotube through which the heteropolymer is driven by electrophoresis. The carbon nanotube also serves as one electrode in a reading circuit. One end of the carbon nanotube is held in close proximity to a second electrode, and each end of the carbon nanotube is functionalized with flexibly-tethered chemical-recognition moieties, such that one will bind one site on the emerging polymer, and the second will bind another site in close proximity, generating an electrical signal between the two electrodes when the circuit is completed by the process of chemical recognition.07-14-2011
20110203931Particle Interrogation Devices and Methods - Devices, apparatus and methods are disclosed for non-contact pneumatic sampling and sampling of surfaces, persons, articles of clothing, buildings, furnishings, vehicles, baggage, packages, mail, and the like, for contaminating aerosols or vapors indicative of a hazard or a benefit, where the contaminating aerosols or vapors are chemical, radiological, biological, toxic, or infectious in character. In a first device, a central orifice for pulling a suction gas stream is surrounded by a peripheral array of convergingly-directed gas jets, forming a virtual sampling chamber. The gas jets are configured to deliver millisecond pneumatic pulses that erode particles and vapors from solid surfaces at a distance. In another aspect of the invention, a suction gas stream is split using an air-to-air concentrator so that a particle-enriched gas flow is directed to a particle trap and particles immobilized therein are selectively analyzed for explosives and explosives related materials under optimized conditions for analyzing particle-associated constituents and a bulk flow is directed to a vapor trap and free vapors immobilized therein are selectively analyzed for explosives and explosives related materials under optimized conditions for analyzing free vapors. Detection signals from the particle channel and the vapor channel are compared or integrated to detect trace residues associated with explosives.08-25-2011
20080302664Apparatus for driving fluid - An apparatus for driving a fluid includes a substrate, at least one electrode group and a controlling unit. The substrate has at least one plane. The electrode group is disposed on the substrate and includes a first electrode, a second electrode and a third electrode. A projecting position of the second electrode on the plane is disposed between that of the first electrode and that of the third electrode. The controlling unit electrically connected to electrode group is for driving the first to third electrodes. When the controlling unit drives the first to third electrodes to make the first and third electrodes have opposite polarities and to make the second and third electrodes have the same polarity, an electric field produced by the electrode group enables the fluid on the substrate to flow from the first electrode to the third electrode.12-11-2008
20080264796LATERAL WIRE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR MONITORING OF ELECTROPHORETIC INK PARTICLE MOTION - A lateral wire apparatus allows direct lateral viewing of particles of electrophoretic ink (e.g., liquid emulsion aggregation particle (LEAP) ink) that are undergoing electrophoretic migration. Electrophoretic ink movement is commonly monitored by placing the ink through the top electrode, but as the toner particles migrate back and forth between the two electrodes, the viewer can not see what lies beneath the top electrode. This may hide commonly known failure modes, such as particle agglomeration, swishing of particles due to hydrodynamic effects. The lateral wire apparatus includes two narrow gauge wires glued to a glass substrate and held apart at a fixed distance to help maintain a uniform electric field across the gap. A plastic block with pegs that situated at a fixed distance and threaded screws is used to make the lateral wire apparatus with precise wire spacing that may be reproducibly made in less than five minutes using inexpensive and readily available materials.10-30-2008
20100147691SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR TRANSPORTING PARTICLES - Various particle transport systems and components for use in such systems are described. The systems utilize one or more traveling wave grids to selectively transport, distribute, separate, or mix different populations of particles. Numerous systems configured for use in two dimensional and three dimensional particle transport are described.06-17-2010
20100175998Virtual channel platform - A virtual channel platform is disclosed. Said virtual channel platform comprises two electrode plates, which can provide an electric field, and two spacers set between said plates. Said plates are separated by said spacers for forming a passageway. A driven fluid is injected into said passageway. When applying electric signals of different frequencies in said plates, said plates form said electric field to drive said working fluid in a virtual channel.07-15-2010
20100155247RADIATION-CURABLE RUBBER ADHESIVE/SEALANT - A radiation-curable adhesive/sealant composition comprises a radiation-curable rubber resin, one or more photoinitiators or photosensitizers, and optionally, one or more inorganic or organic fillers.06-24-2010
20100175999MICROFLUIDIC DEVICE - The present invention relates to a microfluidic device, comprising a laminate of first and second films, one or each film including an integrally thermoformed structure such that the films together define an enclosed volume (07-15-2010
20100213067REACTION KIT TREATING EQUIPMENT - Upper space on the front surface side of a reaction plate, provided with at least a reaction container causing reaction in a sample and a reagent container containing a reagent used for reaction with the sample, is covered with an airtight cover. A dispensation tip (08-26-2010
20110024297ELECTROOSMOTIC MOVABLE DEVICE - An electroosmotic movable device is provided, which includes a liquid chamber that houses a liquid, a conductive movable structure that is placed in the liquid chamber and has a rotating shaft or a supporting point and further has a conductive portion, and an electrode for applying an electric field to the conductive movable structure. The conductive movable structure is enabled to move by an electroosmotic flow which occurs in an electric double layer portion formed by being paired with an electric charge induced in the conductive movable structure owing to the electric field which is applied from the electrode.02-03-2011
20110083963Liquid Transport Using Electrowetting Supported by Effective Arrangement of Electrodes - An arrangement of electrodes is provided in which there is a plurality of electrodes located in two planes and offset from one another in the direction of movement, and which within each plane are arranged in at least two electrically interconnected and alternating groups. A method is also provided for the movement or transport of drops of liquid utilizing the electrowetting effect and utilizing the above arrangement.04-14-2011
20120067725Apparatuses and Methods for Control and Self-Assembly of Particles into Adaptable Monolayers - Apparatuses and methods for the control and self-assembly of particles into adaptable monolayers and changing the relative position of a plurality of particles at an interface between two fluids, including applying an electric field perpendicular to the interface; moving the particles vertically in the interface in response to applying the electric field; moving the particles laterally within the interface in response to the electric field and capillary forces; maintaining the particles at the interface when moving the particles vertically; and maintaining the particles at the interface when moving the particles laterally.03-22-2012
20110048952MICROFLUIDIC INTERFACE - The invention allows for the formation of robust, reproducible, non-permanent connections to microchips. The connections are formed using either indexing arms or multiple fitting holder heads which are capable of forming a compression seal to a port located at any position on the surface of the microchip. The sealing force is user-defined and can be tightly controlled with integrated force sensors. In addition, the sealing force is monitored with a force sensor and force compensation mechanism ensuring that the desired force is maintained. The device is compatible with all microchip architectures. Alterations to the microchip surface is avoided as connections are established using instrumentation rather than processing steps. Further, the process is automatable allowing for exchanging microchips and subsequently creating electrical and fluidic connections in an automated fashion. Optionally, the integration of leak sensors to monitor leaks are included.03-03-2011
20090000949Method And Apparatus Of Concentration And Purification Of Nucleic Acid - In a method for concentration and purification method of nucleic acids using electrophoresis, cationic surfactant is added to a sample containing nucleic acids so as to adjust electric charge of impurities in the sample, and then the sample is placed in an electric field for electrophoresis so as to concentrate and purify the nucleic acids. The cationic surfactant (01-01-2009
20080264797Apparatus for Manipulating Droplets - An apparatus for manipulating droplets is provided. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a substrate having a set of electrical leads for connecting electrodes to a controller, a first set of electrodes, each connected to a separate one of the electrical leads, and a second set of electrodes, all connected to a single one of the electrical leads. In another embodiment, the apparatus includes a substrate having a set of X electrodes, and a set of Y electrical leads, each connected to one or more electrodes, wherein X is greater than Y.10-30-2008
20110259749Flow cytometer and flow cytometry - One embodiment of the present invention is to provide a system for sorting cell particles in a liquid flow, which comprises a flow-defining block including a flow chamber receiving a sample conduit and a flow cell having a flow channel. The system also comprises a strobe block including a imaging device for taking an image of a jet flow ejected from the flow-defining block and a plurality of droplets in a given image area. The flow-defining block and the strobe block are detachably connected each other. Further the strobe block includes a nozzle plate having a nozzle channel between a receiving end and a nozzle. The flow-defining block includes a discharge end opposite to the receiving end and a channel enlarged portion of which cross section taken along a predetermined plane perpendicular to a flow direction has an area increasing towards the discharge end. The discharge end and the receiving end have substantially the same open distance in the predetermined plane perpendicular to the flow direction.10-27-2011
20110114492ELECTROKINETIC PUMP HAVING CAPACITIVE ELECTRODES - An electrokinetic pump achieves high and low flow rates without producing significant gaseous byproducts and without significant evolution of the pump fluid. A first feature of the pump is that the electrodes in the pump are capacitive with a capacitance of at least 1005-19-2011
20090308750Electro-phoresis device - Provided is an electro-phoresis device that includes a light control layer, a first electrode, a second electrode and a third electrode. The light control layer may include a plurality of electro-phoresis particles. The first electrode and the second electrode may form an electric field to control of the electro-phoresis particles such that the electro-phoresis particles move towards at least one of the electrodes. The third electrode may be electrically connected to any one of the first and second electrodes and may have an electric polarity opposite to the other of the first and second electrode.12-17-2009
20110186435LIQUID MIXING APPARATUS - A liquid mixing apparatus includes a flow channel configured to supply a liquid therethrough; a vortex-flow generating unit including a conductive member and an electrode, and configured to generate a vortex flow in the liquid in the flow channel by an electric field, the conductive member being provided in the flow channel, the electrode applying the electric field to the conductive member; a directional-flow generating unit connected to an end portion of the flow channel and configured to generate a flow of the liquid in a direction along the flow channel; and a switching unit configured to switch between the vortex flow and the directional flow.08-04-2011
20110186436Particle Interrogation Devices and Methods - Devices, apparatus and methods are disclosed for non-contact pneumatic sampling and sampling of surfaces, persons, articles of clothing, buildings, furnishings, vehicles, baggage, packages, mail, and the like, for contaminating aerosols indicative of a hazard or a benefit, where the contaminating aerosols are chemical, radiological, biological, toxic, or infectious in character. In a first device, a central orifice for pulling a suction gas stream is surrounded by a peripheral array of convergingly-directed gas jets, forming a virtual sampling chamber. The gas jets are configured to deliver millisecond pneumatic pulses that erode particles from solid surfaces at a distance. In another aspect of the invention, a suction gas stream is split using an air-to-air concentrator so that a particle-enriched gas flow is directed to a particle trap and any particles immobilized in the particle trap (including any adsorbed vapors associated with the particles) are selectively analyzed to detect trace residues associated with explosives.08-04-2011
20110048951DIGITAL MICROFLUIDICS BASED APPARATUS FOR HEAT-EXCHANGING CHEMICAL PROCESSES - The present invention provides an apparatus and method for performing heat-exchanging reactions on an electro wetting-based micro fluidic device. The apparatus provides one or multiple thermal contacts to an electro wetting-based device, where each thermal contact controls the part of the electro wetting-based device it communicates with to a designed temperature. The electrowetting-based device can be used to create, merge and mix liquids in the format of droplets and transport them to different temperature zones on the micro fluidic device. The apparatus and methods of the invention can be used for heat-exchanging chemical processes such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and other DNA reactions, such as ligase chain reactions, for DNA amplification and synthesis, and for real-time PCR.03-03-2011
20120031761ANALYSIS APPARATUS - An analysis apparatus enables a plurality of analysis processes to be accurately and efficiently performed. The analysis apparatus includes a detention tank in which a specimen is stored, and a voltage applier. The voltage applier includes a power source and a contact tip to be brought into contact with the specimen for applying a voltage necessary for analyzing the specimen. The voltage applier renews the contact tip from a used state to an unused state after completing an analysis and before starting the subsequent analysis.02-09-2012
20100300883Microfluidic separation device - A microfluidic separation device is provided that includes a sample channel having a first sample channel region and a second sample channel region, where a cross-section of the first sample channel region is smaller than a cross-section of the second sample channel region. The invention further includes a detection region having a first detection region and a second detection region, where a cross-section of the first detection region is larger than a cross-section of the second detection region and the second sample channel region is connected to the first detection region. Additionally, the invention includes a marker input channel disposed to input markers into the second sample channel region, where the markers are larger than the cross-section of the first sample channel region and the cross-section of the second detection region, where the markers collect in the first detection region.12-02-2010
20100200405Devices, systems and methods for separating magnetic particles - A method and device for separating from samples magnetic particles that contain capture compounds on their surfaces. The device includes a sheath including a magnet and including orienting pin adapted to concentrate or direct a magnetic field of the magnet; and a magnetizable plate with lid holes for receiving a vessel lid of a vessel, the magnetizable plate configured to receive the sheath and position the orienting pin over the vessel lid. In one method, magnetic beads with attached molecules are collected in the lids of the reaction vessel by the magnetic separator device provided herein and the separated magnetic particles, which carry the molecules of interest through affinity-based attachment chemistry and are held in the lid by the magnet of the device, are released into a new vessel containing a solution by removal of the separator device without the need for pipettes or liquid handling devices.08-12-2010
20120006684ARRAY ELEMENT CIRCUIT AND ACTIVE MATRIX DEVICE - An array element circuit with an integrated impedance sensor is provided. The array element circuit includes an array element which is controlled by application of a drive voltage by a drive element; writing circuitry for writing the drive voltage to the drive element; and sense circuitry for sensing an impedance presented at the drive element.01-12-2012
20090321262LIQUID TRANSFER DEVICE - Provided is a liquid transfer device which controls electrically liquid position. The surface of the liquid transfer device is provided with unevenness in order to solve a problem of having a large number of electrodes for controlling voltage. The number of electrodes for controlling voltage can be halved by utilization of restoring force of liquid to a spherical shape by surface tension, in addition to electrical force.12-31-2009
20120055798Unitary Biochip Providing Sample-in to Results-out Processing and Methods of Manufacture - A biochip for the integration of all steps in a complex process from the insertion of a sample to the generation of a result, performed without operator intervention includes microfluidic and macrofluidic features that are acted on by instrument subsystems in a series of scripted processing steps. Methods for fabricating these complex biochips of high feature density by injection molding are also provided.03-08-2012
20090114540Electro-Osmotic Dehydrator - Disclosed is an electro-osmotic dehydrator dehydrating sludges generated from the treatment plants of, such as, pure water, sewage water, night soil, waste water, etc. using three phase alternating current.05-07-2009
20120312689PUMP - A pump includes a flow passage through which a liquid containing an electrolytic solution is conveyed, a pair of electrodes in the flow passage to apply an electric field along the direction in which the liquid is conveyed, and a conductive member connected to one of the pair of electrodes and in contact with the liquid in the flow passage. The conductive member includes a sidewall portion that locally divides a flow of the liquid in the flow passage. The conductive member connected to one of the pair of electrodes may be a polyhedron or a column that is convex toward the electrode to which the conductive member is not connected.12-13-2012
20120085651METHOD OF PREPARING NEUTROPHIL-DEPLETED PLATELET-RICH PLASMA - Methods of producing neutrophil-depleted platelet-rich plasma by passing a blood, platelet or platelet-rich plasma fraction through a narrow, twisted and/or charged environment to remove neutrophils and produce neutrophil-depleted platelet-rich plasma is described. The neutrophil-depleted platelet-rich plasma may be depleted in neutrophils by 75% or more and includes at least 0.5×1004-12-2012
20130020202Cartridge and System for Manipulating Samples in Liquid Droplets - A cartridge (01-24-2013
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