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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Microcapillary films (MCFs) are a new, innovative, product from the Polymer Fluids group at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge. MCFs are extrusion-processed plastic 'ribbons' containing many capillaries templated continuously along the material's length. The diameter of the embedded capillaries can be tailored in the range 10 micron to 1 millimetre. The manufacturing process is simple and robust thus it is possible to produce MCFs in a variety of geometries and sizes and in a variery of polymer systems. MCFs are showing great potential as a novel material in a wide number of application areas from flow chemistry to novel, lightweight heat exchange systems and from the sensory membrane in dynamic pressure sensing systems to multi-bore peristaltic pump membranes in fluid delivery systems.  Montage of mcf images

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