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1. (WO2018112008) RÉSEAU DE CAPTEURS MICROCAPILLAIRES
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Claims:

1. A microcapillary sensor array, comprising:

a sensor body elongated along a longitudinal axis, the sensor body having a first end, a second end spaced from the first end along the longitudinal axis, an outer surface, and an inner surface, wherein the inner surface defines a hollow capillary that extends from the first end toward the second end along the longitudinal axis;

a sensing element that extends through the sensor body from the outer surface to the hollow capillary; and

a conductive element in contact with the sensing element;

wherein the conductive element detects a response signal generated by a reaction between the sensing element and a fluid as the fluid flows through the hollow capillary contacting the sensing element.

2. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 1, wherein the sensing element is comprised of an electrically responsive material.

3. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 1, wherein the sensing element is a plurality of sensing elements that are responsive to different analytes.

4. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 1, wherein the sensing element is a plurality of sensing elements that are responsive to similar analytes.

5. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 1, wherein each sensing element has an outer end aligned with the outer surface of the sensor body and an inner end aligned with the inner surface of the sensor body.

6. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 5, wherein the sensor body comprises:

an outer sheath that defines the outer surface; and

a substrate core within the outer sheath, wherein the substrate core defines the inner surface such that the hollow capillary extends through the substrate core.

7. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 1 , wherein two or more of the sensing elements are aligned on a plane that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis.

8. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 1, wherein the sensing element are disposed around the hollow capillary.

9. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 1, wherein the hollow capillary extends entirely through the sensor body.

10. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 1, further comprising a transducer associated the sensing element, wherein the transducer is electrically coupled to the conductive element.

1 1. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 1, wherein the sensing element is a plurality of sensing elements.

12. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 11 , wherein the conductive element is a plurality of conductive elements.

13. The microcapillary sensor array of claim 12, further comprising a plurality of transducers associated with the plurality of sensing elements, wherein the plurality of transducers are electrically coupled to the plurality of conductive elements.

14. A sample vessel comprising the microcapillary sensor array according to any one of claims 1 to 13.

15. A sample holding device, comprising:

the microcapillary sensor array according to any one of claims 1 to 13; and a plurality of transducers coupled to the sensing elements.

16. The sample holding device of claim 15, further comprising an interface that is electrically coupled to the plurality of transducers, wherein the interface is adapted to engage a computing device or a sample analyzer.

17. The sample holding device of claim 15, further comprising a body, wherein the device body is a test tube, vial, syringe, pipette, vessel, or cartridge.

18. A system, comprising:

a) a sample analyzer for analyzing a fluid;

b) the microcapillary sensor array according to any one of claims 1 to 13; and c) a computing device for analyzing electrical response signals generated by the microcapillary sensor array when the microcapillary sensor array is in contact with the fluid.

19. A method for analyzing a fluid with the system of claim 18.