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Micro- and Nanoscale Fluid Mechanics: Transport in Microfluidic Devices

Author: Brian J. Kirby   

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This text focuses on the physics of fluid transport in micro- and nanofabricated liquid-phase systems, with consideration of gas bubbles, solid particles, and macromolecules. This text was designed with the goal of bringing together several areas that are often taught separately – namely, fluid mechanics, electrodynamics, and interfacial chemistry and electrochemistry – with a focused goal of preparing the modern microfluidics researcher to analyze and model continuum fluid mechanical systems encountered when working with micro- and nanofabricated devices. This text is not a summary of current research in the field, and it omits any discussion of microfabrication techniques or any attempt to summarize the technological state of the art. This text serves as a useful reference for practicing researchers but is designed primarily for classroom instruction. Worked sample problems are inserted throughout to assist the student, and exercises are included at the end of each chapter to facilitate use in classes.


  1. Kinematics, Conservation Equations, and Boundary Conditions for Incompressible Flow
  2. Unidirectional flow
  3. Hydraulic circuit analysis 
  4. Passive scalar transport: dispersion, patterning, and mixing
  5. Electrostatics and electrodynamics 
  6. Electroosmosis
  7. Potential fluid flow
  8. Stokes flow
  9. The diffuse structure of the electrical double layer
  10. Zeta potential in microchannels
  11. Species and charge transport
  12. Microchip chemical separations
  13. Particle electrophoresis 
  14. DNA transport and analysis
  15. Nanofluidics: fluid and current flow in molecular-scale and thick-double-layer systems
  16. AC electrokinetics and the dynamics of diffuse charge
  17. Particle and droplet actuation: dielectrophoresis, magnetophoresis, and digital microfluidics

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