Recent Advances in Microscale Pumping Technologies: A Review and Evaluation


micropump, microfluidic, fluid delivery, electronics cooling, biofluid


Micropumping has emerged as a critical research area for many electronics and biological applications. A significant driving force underlying this research has been the integration of pumping mechanisms in micro Total Analysis Systems (μTAS) and other multi-functional analysis techniques. Uses in electronics packaging and micromixing and microdosing systems have also capitalized on novel pumping concepts. The present work builds upon a number of existing reviews of micropumping strategies by focusing on the large body of micropump advances reported in the very recent literature. Critical selection criteria are included for pumps and valves to aid in determining the pumping mechanism that is most appropriate for a given application. Important limitations or incompatibilities are also addressed. Quantitative comparisons are provided in graphical and tabular forms.

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Brian D. Iverson, Suresh V. Garimella. Recent advances in microscale pumping technologies: a review and evaluation. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics August 2008, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 145-174.

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Peer-Reviewed Article

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Microfluidics and Nanofluidics




Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology


Mechanical Engineering