Influence of geometry and material of insulating posts on particle trapping using positive dielectrophoresis
|G. Pesch, F. Du, M. Baune, J. Thöming, Influence of geometry and material of insulating_2016_accepted version_Deckblatt_pdfa1.pdf||2.1 MB||Adobe PDF||View/Open|
|Authors:||Pesch, Georg R.
Insulator-based dielectrophoresis (iDEP) is a powerful particle analysis technique based on electric field scattering at material boundaries which can be used, for example, for particle filtration or to achieve chromatographic separation. Typical devices consist of microchannels containing an array of posts but large scale application was also successfully tested. Distribution and magnitude of the generated field gradients and thus the possibility to trap particles depends apart from the applied field strength on the material combination between post and surrounding medium and on the boundary shape. In this study we simulate trajectories of singe particles under the influence of positive DEP that are flowing past one single post due to an external fluid flow. We analyze the influence of key parameters (excitatory field strength, fluid flow velocity, particle size, distance from the post, post size, and cross-sectional geometry) on two benchmark criteria, i.e., a critical initial distance from the post so that trapping still occurs (at fixed particle size) and a critical minimum particle size necessary for trapping (at fixed initial distance). Our approach is fundamental and not based on finding an optimal geometry of insulating structures but rather aims to understand the underlying phenomena of particle trapping. A sensitivity analysis reveals that electric field strength and particle size have the same impact, as have fluid flow velocity and post dimension. Compared to these parameters the geometry of the post's cross-section (i.e. rhomboidal or elliptical with varying width-to-height or aspect ratio) has a rather small influence but can be used to optimize the trapping efficiency at a specific distance. We hence found an ideal aspect ratio for trapping for each base geometry and initial distance to the tip which is independent of the other parameters. As a result we present design criteria which we believe to be a valuable addition to the existing literature.
|Keywords:||Insulator-based dielectrophoresis; Electrodeless dielectophoresis; Microparticle manipulation; Particle trajectories; Polarization; Post array design rules; Mimenima||Issue Date:||12-Jan-2017||Publisher:||Elsevier||Project:||MIMENIMA GRK 1860||Funders:||Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft||Grant number:||601090||Journal/Edited collection:||Journal of chromatography A||Start page:||127||End page:||137||Band:||1483||Type:||Artikel/Aufsatz||ISSN:||0021-9673||Secondary publication:||yes||Document version:||Postprint||DOI:||10.26092/elib/2471||URN:||urn:nbn:de:gbv:46-elib71508||Institution:||Universität Bremen||Faculty:||Zentrale Wissenschaftliche Einrichtungen und Kooperationen||Institute:||Zentrum für Umweltforschung und nachhaltige Technologien (UFT)|
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