Flexible Printed Circuit Board as Novel Electrodes for Acoustofluidic Devices

Sun, Chao, Mikhaylov, Roman, Fu, Richard, Wu, Fangda, Wang, Hanlin, Yuan, Xichen, Xie, Zhihua, Liang, Dongfang, Wu, Zhenlin and Yang, Xin (2021) Flexible Printed Circuit Board as Novel Electrodes for Acoustofluidic Devices. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 68 (1). pp. 393-398. ISSN 0018-9383

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Surface acoustic wave (SAW)-based acoustofluidics shows broad applications in biomedicine and chemistry. Conventional manufacturing process for SAW devices uses photolithography and metal deposition, thus requires accessing cleanroom facilities. This study presents an efficient and versatile technique based on a flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) for developing SAW acoustofluidic devices. By mechanically clamping interdigital electrodes (IDEs) made on the FPCB onto a piezoelectric substrate, SAWs can be effectively generated with an additional matching network. The SAW amplitudes were measured by a laser vibrometer, which increases with the applied input voltage. The FPCB-SAW device has been applied to actuate 10- μm microspheres to form strong streaming vortices inside a droplet, and to drive a sessile droplet for transportation on the substrate surface. The use of the FPCB rather than a rigid printed circuit board (PCB) can help cut down on the overall footprint of the device and save space. The low requirement in assembling the FPCB-SAW device can facilitate versatile acoustofluidic applications by providing fast prototyping devices.

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Additional Information: This work was supported in part by the Natural Science Basic Research Program of Shaanxi Province under Grant 2020JQ-233, in part by the Fundamental Scientific Research of Central Universities under Grant 3102017OQD116, in part by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Fellowship under Grant EP/P002803/1 and Grant EP/P018998/1, in part by the Global Challenges Research Fund, and in part by the Royal Society under Grant IEC/NSFC/170142 and Grant IE161019. The review of this article was arranged by Editor M. M. Hussain.
Subjects: H100 General Engineering
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
H900 Others in Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 11:46
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 14:34
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/44765

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