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Issue 13, 2011
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Hybrid opto-electric manipulation in microfluidics—opportunities and challenges

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Hybrid opto-electric manipulation in microfluidics/nanofluidics refers to a set of methodologies employing optical modulation of electrokinetic schemes to achieve particle or fluid manipulation at the micro- and nano-scale. Over the last decade, a set of methodologies, which differ in their modulation strategy and/or the length scale of operation, have emerged. These techniques offer new opportunities with their dynamic nature, and their ability for parallel operation has created novel applications and devices. Hybrid opto-electric techniques have been utilized to manipulate objects ranging in diversity from millimetre-sized droplets to nano-particles. This review article discusses the underlying principles, applications and future perspectives of various hybrid opto-electric techniques that have emerged over the last decade under a unified umbrella.

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The article was received on 08 Mar 2011, accepted on 20 Apr 2011 and first published on 20 May 2011

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C1LC20208A
Citation: Lab Chip, 2011,11, 2135-2148
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    Hybrid opto-electric manipulation in microfluidics—opportunities and challenges

    A. Kumar, S. J. Williams, H. Chuang, N. G. Green and S. T. Wereley, Lab Chip, 2011, 11, 2135
    DOI: 10.1039/C1LC20208A

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