A microfluidic flow-cell for the study of the ultrafast dynamics of biological systems
The study of biochemical dynamics by ultrafast spectroscopic methods is often restricted by the limited amount of liquid sample available, while the high repetition rate of light sources can induce photodamage. In order to overcome these limitations, we designed a high flux, sub-ml, capillary flow-cell. While the 0.1 mm thin window of the 0.5 mm cross-section capillary ensures an optimal temporal resolution and a steady beam deviation, the cell-pump generates flows up to similar to 0.35 ml/s that are suitable to pump laser repetition rates up to similar to 14 kHz, assuming a focal spot-diameter of 100 mu m. In addition, a decantation chamber efficiently removes bubbles and allows, via septum, for the addition of chemicals while preserving the closed atmosphere. The minimal useable amount of sample is similar to 250 mu l. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.