Prof. Erich Runge
Group for Theoretical Physics 1
Phone: +49 3677 69-3271
Chip-integrated, energy-efficient and cost-effective micropumps without mechanical components have great market potential both as components of high-priced analysis and laboratory systems and as disposable items, for example as part of an in-situ monitoring system. The electrowetting pump-on-a-chip, which is based on the patent of the applicants, can be produced using the manufacturing processes of silicon-based microsystems technology and in principle has all the advantages mentioned.
In the proposed project, the E-PunCh is to be further developed from the current status to an optimised prototype, which will be tested under laboratory and field conditions. The consortium of two SMEs from the fields of microsystems technology and sensor systems/electronics development, as well as a university partner who will be responsible for simulation and software development, is aiming at water extraction systems in environmental analysis as an initial field of application and sales market.