Imaging microflows and nanopore structures using hydrodynamic force microscopy

Elaine S. Ulrich, Christopher M. Limbach, Srinivas Manne

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Abstract

We report the three-dimensional profilometry of gas microflows and the two-dimensional mapping of fluid permeability through nanoporous substrates using hydrodynamic force microscopy (HFM). Using fluid drag from external flows as a contrast mechanism, HFM has mapped Poiseuille flow through ∼100 nm pores and has identified subsurface fouling unresolvable by conventional force microscopy. HFM demonstrates nanoscale spatial resolution and flow velocity resolution on the order of 1 cms, making it an attractive investigative tool for applications in separation science, microfluidics, and nanoporous materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number243103
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume93
Issue number24
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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hydrodynamics
microscopy
fouling
fluids
laminar flow
drag
permeability
flow velocity
spatial resolution
porosity
gases

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Imaging microflows and nanopore structures using hydrodynamic force microscopy. / Ulrich, Elaine S.; Limbach, Christopher M.; Manne, Srinivas.

In: Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 93, No. 24, 243103, 2008.

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