A PMMA Microfluidic Dielectric Sensor for Blood Coagulation Monitoring at the Point-of-Care

Debnath Maji • Michael Suster • Erdem Kucukal • Umut A. Gurkan • Evi Stavrou • Pedram Mohseni

08:00 - 08:15 | Wednesday 17 August 2016 | Sorcerers Apprentice 3


This paper describes the design and construct of a fully biocompatible, microfluidic, dielectric sensor targeted at monitoring human whole blood coagulation at the point-of-care (POC). The sensor assembly procedure involves using sputtered electrodes in a microfluidic channel with a physiologically relevant height of 50µm to create a three-dimensional (3D), parallel-plate, capacitive sensing area. The sensor is constructed with biocompatible materials of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) for the substrate and titanium nitride (TiN) for the sensing and floating electrodes. The real part of the complex relative dielectric permittivity of human whole blood is measured from 10kHz to 100MHz using an impedance analyzer and under static conditions. The temporal variation in dielectric permittivity at 1MHz for human whole blood undergoing coagulation shows a peak in permittivity at 5 minutes, which closely matches our previously established results. This sensor can pave the way for monitoring blood coagulation under physiologically relevant shear flow rates in the future.