A numerical study of band-crossing reactions is conducted using a quasi-one-dimensional (1-D) computational model that accounts for species bulk advection, electromigration velocities, diffusion, and chemical reaction. The model is used to simulate chemical reactions between two initially distinct sample zones, referred to as "bands," that cross each other due to differences in electromigration velocities. The reaction is described in terms of a single step, reversible mechanism involving two reactants and one product. A parametric study is first conducted of the behavior of the species profiles, and results are interpreted in terms of the Damköhler number and of the ratios of the electromigration velocities of the reactant and product. Computed results are then used to explore the possibility of extracting forward and backward reaction rates based on time resolved observation of integral moments of species concentrations. In particular, it is shown that in the case of fast reactions, robust estimates can be obtained for high forward rates, but that small reverse rates may not be accurately observed.
- Binding kinetics
- Electrochemical processes
- Electropheretic band crossing
- On-chip analysis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering