A handheld syringe pump with an included heating element will be constructed for microfluidic applications. An Arduino will be used as the central controlling element. It adjusts the temperature via a mantle-type heating element wrapped around the syringe, and sets the flow rate and target volume by regulating the rotation of a stepper motor. A 3D-printed structure will be used will be used making the device light, inexpensive, and easy to replicate. The temperature control provides a novel feature, making the device an ideal tool for microfluidic cell culture applications.
Cornelius Bausch Department of Physics, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Cornelius will supervise the project, and provide expertise on electronics, Arduino, mechanical design, sensor and feedback controls.
Nicola Pellicciotta Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge
Nicola will provide expertise on electronics, CAD design, and mechanical engineering
Benedikt Fischer Department of Physics, Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany
Benedikt will provide expertise on software programming, mechanical engineering, and prototyping.