STTR Phase I: Low-Cost Magnetic Nanoparticles for Two-Phase Microfluidics

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0610886
Agency Tracking Number: 0610886
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
4451 Lynnfield Way, Reno, NV, 89509
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Yanming Liu
 (775) 826-8868
Business Contact
 Faramarz Gordaninejad
Phone: (775) 784-6990
Research Institution
 Univ NV Reno
 Olivia A Graeve
 Univ NV Reno
Reno, NV, 89557
 (775) 784-7098
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I project will demonstrate the feasibility of a two-phase controllable flow in microchannels. The fluid consists of a carrier fluid, nano-magnetic particles, and additives. The proposed work will also produce low-cost, nano-magnetic particles using a novel scaled-up synthesis process. The objectives of the proposed research are to design a large-scale, affordable, magnetic nanocrystalline powder synthesis system; and, to study the flow of fluids consisting of these powders in microchannels. The nano-powders will be characterized for their morphology and magnetic properties. Theoretical and experimental studies will be performed to understand the flow of the magnetic fluid in microchannels under magnetic fields. Effects of channel dimension, fluid viscosity and density; and particle size and magnetic properties, will be examined. The controllability characteristic of the proposed microfluidics technology may have a significant impact on certain applications, such as, controllable actuators and sensors.

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