Dumbbell Fluidic Tweezers for Dynamical Trapping and Selective Transport of Microobjects
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AbstractMobile microvortices generated by rotating nickel (Ni) nanowires (NW) have been reported as capable of inducing fluidic trapping that can be precisely focused and translated to manipulate microobjects. Here, a new design for significantly enhanced fluidic trapping is reported, which is a dumbbell (DB)-shaped magnetic actuator, assembled by a Ni NW and two polystyrene microbeads. In contrast to the single mode of tumbling trapping possessed by Ni NW, the magnetic dumbbell is able to perform dynamical trapping and implement on-demand transport of microobjects in three modes, i.e., tumbling, wobbling, and rolling. Experiments are conducted to demonstrate the robustness and efficacy of the fluidic trap by the DB actuator. And simulations using a finite element model compare the fluidic traps induced by NW and DB, followed by further discussion on the actuation and transport efficiency of NW and DB fluidic tweezers (FT). At last, some practical issues regarding the application of DB FT are addressed.
All Author(s) ListQi Zhou, Tristan Petit, Hongsoo Choi, Bradley J. Nelson, Li Zhang
Journal nameAdvanced Functional Materials
Year2017
Month1
Day5
Volume Number27
Issue Number1
PublisherWILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
Pages1604571
ISSN1616-301X
eISSN1616-3028
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
Web of Science Subject CategoriesChemistry, Multidisciplinary;Chemistry, Physical;Nanoscience & Nanotechnology;Materials Science, Multidisciplinary;Physics, Applied;Physics, Condensed Matter;Chemistry;Science & Technology - Other Topics;Materials Science;Physics

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