High-speed microfluidic differential manometer for cellular-scale hydrodynamics

Manouk Abkarian, Magalie Faivre, Howard A. Stone

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We propose a broadly applicable high-speed microfluidic approach for measuring dynamical pressure-drop variations along a micrometer-sized channel and illustrate the potential of the technique by presenting measurements of the additional pressure drop produced at the scale of individual flowing cells. The influence of drug-modified mechanical properties of the cell membrane is shown. Finally, single hemolysis events during flow are recorded simultaneously with the critical pressure drop for the rupture of the membrane. This scale-independent measurement approach can be applied to any dynamical process or event that changes the hydrodynamic resistance of micro- or nanochannels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)538-542
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 17 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General


  • Hemolysis
  • Membrane properties
  • Microcirculation
  • Pressure measurement
  • Red blood cell


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