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Phase-shift feedback control for dielectrophoretic micromanipulation


In the paper, we present a novel approach to noncontact micromanipulation by controlled dielectrophoresis (DEP). To steer micro-objects in the desired way, the solutions reported in the literature use either DEP cages or amplitude modulation of the voltages applied to the electrodes. In contrast, we modulate the phases, that is, we control the phase shifts of the voltages applied to the electrodes, which simplifies the hardware implementation and extends the set of feasible forces. Furthermore, we introduce an innovative micro-electrode array layout composed of four sectors with parallel (colinear) electrodes that is capable of inducing an arbitrary movement in the manipulation area while it is easy to fabricate using just an affordable one-layer technology. We then propose a closed-loop cascade control strategy based on real-time numerical optimization and deploy it to our experimental setup. Numerical simulations and laboratory experiments demonstrate the manipulation capabilities such as positioning and steering of one or several microscopic objects (microspheres with the diameter of 50μm and even bringing two objects together and then separating them again. The results from simulations and experiments are compared and the positioning accuracy is evaluated in the whole manipulation area. The error in position is 8μm in the worst case, which corresponds to 16% of the microsphere size or 0.7% of the manipulation range.

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The article was received on 30 Jan 2018, accepted on 11 May 2018 and first published on 14 May 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8LC00113H
Citation: Lab Chip, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Phase-shift feedback control for dielectrophoretic micromanipulation

    J. Zemánek, T. Michálek and Z. Hurak, Lab Chip, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8LC00113H

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