Enhanced mass transfer in microfluidic devices (EVODIS)
Mass transfer limitations put constraints on the attainable throughput of reactors, the speed and efficiency of reactions, analytical separations, etc. In EVODIS, supported by an ERC starting grant of Dr. Wim De Malsche from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, VUB, electroosmotic flow is employed to enhance mass transfer and concomitantly increase the efficiency of unit operations in microfluidic devices. Two shared PhDs participate in this project in close cooperation between the VUB and the University of Twente. Their principal aim is to develop devices with additional electroosmotic flow perpendicular to pressure-driven flow. This involves a selection of proper materials, micromachining methods and control equipment, as well as the development of flow visualization tools.