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Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS

Tapered microelectrode array system for dielectrophoretically filtration: fabrication, characterization, and simulation study
Author(s): Muhamad R. Buyong; Farhad Larki; Yuzuru Takamura; Burhanuddin Yeop Majlis
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents the fabrication, characterization, and simulation of microelectrode arrays system with tapered profile having an aluminum surface for dielectrophoresis (DEP)-based manipulation of particles. The proposed structure demonstrates more effective electric field gradient compared with its counterpart with untapered profile. Therefore, according to the asymmetric distribution of the electric field in the active region of microelectrode, it produces more effective particle manipulation. The tapered aluminum microelectrode array (TAMA) fabrication process uses a state-of-the-art technique in the formation of the resist’s taper profile. The performance of TAMA with various sidewall profile angles (5 deg to 90 deg) was analyzed through finite-element method numerical simulations to offer a better understanding of the origin of the sidewall profile effect. The ability of capturing and manipulating of the device was examined through modification of the Clausius–Mossotti factor and cross-over frequency (fx0). The fabricated system has been particularly implemented for filtration of particles with a desired diameter from a mixture of particles with three different diameters in an aqueous medium. The microelectrode system with tapered side wall profile offers a more efficient platform for particle manipulation and sensing applications compared with the conventional microelectrode systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 2017
PDF: 8 pages
J. Micro/Nanolith. MEMS MOEMS 16(4) 044501 doi: 10.1117/1.JMM.16.4.044501
Published in: Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS Volume 16, Issue 4
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Muhamad R. Buyong, Univ. Kebangsaan Malaysia (Malaysia)
Farhad Larki, Isfahan Univ. of Technology (Iran)
Yuzuru Takamura, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Burhanuddin Yeop Majlis, Univ. Kebangsaan Malaysia (Malaysia)

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