Fabrication of a poly(dimethylsiloxane)-based electrochemiluminescence detection cell for capillary electrophoresis.
An easy but effective technique is described here for quick fabrication of low-cost electrochemiluminescence detection cells for capillary electrophoresis. The technique is based on molding of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) with a capillary column inserted into a pipet tip. Two access holes are left in the PDMS slab; they provide neat accommodations for the separation capillary and the working electrode made with the same type of tip. Since the access holes are well-aligned, the electrode and the capillary are automatically aligned; thus, end-column detection is easily obtained. Fabrication of the detection cell is straightforward; no micromechanical operation is included. Also the principle for the procedure makes it possible to efficiently batch production detection cells with good reproducibility. Because of the end-column scheme, the cell can be adopted for electrophoresis with electrochemical detection as well.
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