Trapping of Au nanoparticles in a microfluidic device using dielectrophoresis for surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy†
Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is the electrokinetic movement of non-charged particles when they are subjected to a non-uniform electric field. This is a growing area of research, which can be used for trapping, concentrating and separating different particles. Some work has been reported with the intention of trapping metal particles to optimize the surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) effect. In this paper, we use DEP with insulating structures (iDEP) to generate a non-uniform electric field for trapping gold nanoparticles (AuNP). The system was coupled to a Raman spectrometer for the detection of Crystal Violet by utilizing the SERS effect.
- This article is part of the themed collection: In memory of Craig Lunte