Capillary Flow Cells made from Acrylic, COP/COC, Polycarbonate, Polystyrene & PMMA

Custom Plastic Capillary Flow Cells

Custom Plastic Capillary Flow Cells
Custom flow through capillary cells are encouraged and available upon request; mechanical drawings with specifications and tolerances are prerequisite.

Applications supported include micro-volume analysis, DNA and protein synthesis, receptor analysis, synthetic organic chemistry, neurobiology, forensic medicine, polymerase chain reaction and many life science purposes.

The selection of optical plastic materials include but are not limited to Acrylic, Cyclic Olefin Polymer COP/Cyclic Olefin Copolymer COC, Polycarbonate, Polystyrene and Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). CLICK HERE to download and preview representative transmission spectra displaying the useful spectral range from UV-Visible through the Near Infrared wavelengths. These plastic materials provide for optical clarity, chemical resistance, and low fluorescence.

The precision manufacturing process requires each capillary cell to be either single piece fabrications or assembled by direct fusion without the use of adhesives. This ensures resistance to chemical attack and extremes of temperature. If direct fusion is required, two pieces are fused together seamlessly. The process begins by machining the material into the appropriate configuration for the application then using heat, time, and pressure a single piece is formed with a bond strength that is near the parent-materialís strength. The bonding process allows for geometries that would be difficult, if not impossible. If required, external machining completes the cell by adding ports and mounting holes. Microfluidic devices typically have features and channel sizes as small as 100 microns while larger fluidic devices have channel sizes ranging from 0.5mm to 3mm. Full round channels offer the best flow characteristics with minimum particle entrapment. Alternative square and D shaped channels are available. Feature spacing can be as low as 0.5mm. Fluidic pressure specifications are design dependent and have successfully performed at greater than 500 psi in the channels.

Contact REFLEX Analytical to discuss your requirement so that we can contribute to your success.
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