Programmable droplet actuating platform using liquid dielectrophoresis

Frozanpoor, Iman, Cooke, Michael, Racz, Zoltan, Bossons, Ian, Ambukan, Vibin, Wood, David, Gallant, Andrew and Balocco, Claudio (2021) Programmable droplet actuating platform using liquid dielectrophoresis. Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 31 (5). 055014. ISSN 0960-1317

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Abstract

Droplet motion has been a long-standing interest in microfluidics as it is often limited by the high operating voltages, which hampers the development of consumer applications. Forces generated by liquid dielectrophoresis (L-DEP) can enhance surface wetting, without requiring chemical modification or surface texturing. This work presents a droplet actuating platform to control the wetting behaviour of water droplets using L-DEP. The exploitation of high electric fields at the droplet solid–liquid interface reduced the operating voltages. The operating voltage can be further reduced, to as low as 30 V, by introducing a lubricant layer to minimise the droplet contact angle hysteresis, thus requiring a smaller L-DEP bulk force. The outcomes of this study will provide a new pathway for developing energy-efficient and reliable droplet actuating platforms to clean a variety of surfaces. A particular interest will be the application of this system in the automobile sector, for instance, to clean headlamps, sensors, cameras, door mirrors, front side glass, and rear screen.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: liquid dielectrophoresis, microfluidics, microfabrication, droplet actuation, electric field
Subjects: F300 Physics
H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 10 May 2021 12:55
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 16:07
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/46124

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