Dielectrophoresis for manipulation of micro/nano particles in microfluidic systems

Zhang, C.; Khoshmanesh, K.; Mitchell, A.; Kalantar-zadeh, K.
January 2010
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Jan2010, Vol. 396 Issue 1, p401
Academic Journal
Dielectrophoretic (DEP) force is exerted when a neutral particle is polarized in a non-uniform electric field, and depends on the dielectric properties of the particle and the suspending medium. The integration of DEP and microfluidic systems offers numerous applications for the separation, trapping, assembling, transportation, and characterization of micro/nano particles. This article reviews the applications of DEP forces in microfluidic systems. It presents the theory of dielectrophoresis, different configurations, and the applications of such systems for particle manipulation and device fabrication.


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