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Controlled rotation and translation of spherical particles or living cells by surface acoustic waves

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Abstract

We show experimental evidence of the acoustically-assisted micromanipulation of small objects like solid particles or blood cells, combining rotation and translation, using high frequency surface acoustic waves. This was obtained from the leakage in a microfluidic channel of two standing waves arranged perpendicularly in a LiNbO3 piezoelectric substrate working at 36.3 MHz. By controlling the phase lag between the emitters, we could, in addition to translation, generate a swirling motion of the emitting surface which, in turn, led to the rapid rotation of spherical polystyrene Janus beads suspended in the channel and of human red and white blood cells up to several rounds per second. We show that these revolution velocities are compatible with a torque caused by the acoustic streaming that develops at the particles surface, like that first described by [F. Busse et al., J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 1981, 69(6), 1634–1638]. This device, based on standard interdigitated transducers (IDTs) adjusted to emit at equal frequencies, opens a way to a large range of applications since it allows the simultaneous control of the translation and rotation of hard objects, as well as the investigation of the response of cells to shear stress.

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The article was received on 24 Jan 2017, accepted on 07 Jun 2017 and first published on 07 Jun 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7LC00084G
Citation: Lab Chip, 2017, Advance Article
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    Controlled rotation and translation of spherical particles or living cells by surface acoustic waves

    I. Bernard, A. A. Doinikov, P. Marmottant, D. Rabaud, C. Poulain and P. Thibault, Lab Chip, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7LC00084G

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