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Chapter 17
Particle and droplet actuation: dielectrophoresis, magnetophoresis, and digital microfluidics

Microsystems employ several techniques to actuate particles beyond the electrophoresis discussed in Chapter 13. We describe two physical phenomena in this chapter—dielectrophoresis and magnetophoresis—which are commonly used in microdevices to manipulate particle or droplets in suspension. We also discuss digital microfluidics, which is not a physical phenomenon, but rather a system concept for manipulating fluid droplets using AC electric fields.

Related work on dielectrophoresis from our research group can be found here.


microfluidics textbook nanofluidics textbook Brian Kirby CornellFigure 17.1: Capture and sorting of cells using dielectrophoresis. (A, B): Live and dead cells are captured in distinct regions [185] using multiple electrode configurations and multiple-frequency dielectrophoresis. (C): A dielectrophoretic “gate” [186] controls passage of selected particles downstream of the gate .


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Jump To: [Kinematics] [Couette/Poiseuille Flow] [Fluid Circuits] [Mixing] [Electrodynamics] [Electroosmosis] [Potential Flow] [Stokes Flow] [Debye Layer] [Zeta Potential] [Species Transport] [Separations] [Particle Electrophoresis] [DNA] [Nanofluidics] [Induced-Charge Effects] [DEP] [Solution Chemistry]

Copyright Brian J. Kirby. Please contact Prof. Kirby here with questions or corrections. This material may not be distributed without the author's consent. When linking to these pages, please use the URL http://www.kirbyresearch.com/textbook.

This web posting is a draft, abridged version of the Cambridge University Press text. Follow the links to buy at Cambridge or Amazon or Powell's or Barnes and Noble. Contact Prof. Kirby here.