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Phononic fluidics: acoustically activated droplet manipulations
Author(s): Julien Reboud; Rab Wilson; Yannyk Bourquin; Yi Zhang; Steven L. Neale; Jonathan M. Cooper
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Paper Abstract

Microfluidic systems have faced challenges in handling real samples and the chip interconnection to other instruments. Here we present a simple interface, where surface acoustic waves (SAWs) from a piezoelectric device are coupled into a disposable acoustically responsive microfluidic chip. By manipulating droplets, SAW technologies have already shown their potential in microfluidics, but it has been limited by the need to rely upon mixed signal generation at multiple interdigitated electrode transducers (IDTs) and the problematic resulting reflections, to allow complex fluid operations. Here, a silicon chip was patterned with phononic structures, engineering the acoustic field by using a full band-gap. It was simply coupled to a piezoelectric LiNbO3 wafer, propagating the SAW, via a thin film of water. Contrary to the use of unstructured superstrates, phononic metamaterials allowed precise spatial control of the acoustic energy and hence its interaction with the liquids placed on the surface of the chip, as demonstrated by simulations. We further show that the acoustic frequency influences the interaction between the SAW and the phononic lattice, providing a route to programme complex fluidic manipulation onto the disposable chip. The centrifugation of cells from a blood sample is presented as a more practical demonstration of the potential of phononic crystals to realize diagnostic systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7929, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems IX, 79290L (14 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.879148
Show Author Affiliations
Julien Reboud, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Rab Wilson, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Yannyk Bourquin, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Yi Zhang, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Steven L. Neale, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
Jonathan M. Cooper, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7929:
Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems IX
Holger Becker; Bonnie L. Gray, Editor(s)

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