Dolomite chip holder allows microfluidic temperature control

February 14, 2011 — Dolomite, microfluidic designer and manufacturer, expanded its range of temperature control systems with the Hotplate Adaptor – Chip Holder H, which allows control over internal temperatures of microfluidic chips without any disruptions to the fluid flow.

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The use of temperature control systems is vital for many applications including nanostructure generation, controlled microreactions, and droplet microfluidics where droplets can be kept at certain temperature to prevent a solidification reaction until the droplets have left the chip.

Holding a microfluidic chip securely in position, the Hotplate Adaptor enables users to pre-heat or post-heat fluids by using the integrated tube heater. Operating over a temperature range up to 100°C, the adaptor is supplied with a removable lid that can be closed to maintain the chip at constant temperatures, which is important for cell-based analytical studies to maintain cell viability. A glass viewing window (22mm in diameter) facilitates microscopic observations.

Quick and easy to use, the Hotplate Adaptor has been specifically developed for the Chip Interface H, and is compatible with Dolomite’s Linear Connector 4-way, 1.6mm tubing and microfluidic chips that have a footprint of 22.5 x 15mm.

Dolomite is pioneering the use of microfluidic devices for small-scale fluid control and analysis, enabling manufacturers to develop more compact, cost-effective and powerful instruments. By combining specialist glass, quartz and ceramic technologies with knowledge of high performance microfluidics, Dolomite is able to provide solutions for a broad range of application areas including environmental monitoring, clinical diagnostics, food and beverage, nuclear, agriculture, petrochemical, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Dolomite’s in-house micro-fabrication facilities include clean rooms and precision glass processing facilities. For more information please visit www.dolomite-microfluidics.com

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