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Classification and evaluation of microfluidic devices for continuous suspension fractionation.
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PMID:  18572146     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Membrane processes are well-known for separating and fractionating suspensions in many industries, but suffer from particle accumulation on the membrane surface. Currently, there are new developments using microfluidic devices for cell/DNA sorting and fractionation. We anticipate these devices are also applicable to fractionation of polydisperse and concentrated suspensions (e.g. foods), and may potentially have fewer problems with particle accumulation compared to membranes. This review article presents an overview of relevant microfluidic devices. We focus on their performance with respect to concentrated suspensions, as one finds in food industry. We give quantitative estimates on their yield, selectivity, and the potential for large-scale application. From this evaluation follows that deterministic ratchets seem most promising.
T Kulrattanarak; R G M van der Sman; C G P H Schroën; R M Boom
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-05-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in colloid and interface science     Volume:  142     ISSN:  1873-3727     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Colloid Interface Sci     Publication Date:  2008 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-09-01     Completed Date:  2008-11-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706645     Medline TA:  Adv Colloid Interface Sci     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  53-66     Citation Subset:  -    
Food and Bioprocess Engineering Group, Wageningen University, P.O. Box 8129, 6700 EV, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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