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Taylor-Like Dispersion of Charged Species in Electrokinetically-Driven Nanoflows

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Angela De Leebeeck, David A. Sinton

University of Victoria

Paper No. IMECE2005-81852, pp. 335-340; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Fluids Engineering
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4219-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


In this paper, electrokinetic dispersion of charged and uncharged species in nanochannels with finite electric double layers is modelled numerically. The relatively thick electrical double layers in these flows influence dispersion through the coupled effects of both cross-stream electromigration and advection in the presence of cross-stream velocity gradients. It is found that valence charge has a significant effect on axial dispersion in these flows, in addition to other established dependencies. Effective diffusion coefficients were found to vary over 30% from the case of neutral species for single charged ions. An effective diffusion coefficient similar to Taylor dispersion is calculated and a relationship between effective diffusion coefficient, Peclet number, relative electric double layer thickness, and valence charge is plotted.

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