The level of integration of digital microfluidics is continually increasing to include the system path from fluid manipulation and transport, on to reagent preparation, and finally reaction detection. Digital microfluidics therefore has the capability to encompass all steps of common biochemical protocols. Reported here is a set of analytical models for the design of a coplanar interdigitated multi-electrode array to be used as an impedimetric immunosensor in a digital microfluidic device for on-chip chemical reaction detection. The models are based on conformal mapping techniques, and are compared to results obtained from finite element analysis to discuss limitations of the model. The analytical models are feasible and inexpensive surrogates for numerical simulation methods.

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