Surface acoustic waves (SAW) generated in a piezoelectric substrate may be used to manipulate micro-scale droplets of liquid in a digital microfluidic system for lab-on-a-chip applications. The wettability of the surface over which a droplet is driven determines the ease and speed with which the droplet is propelled. This provides the opportunity to achieve fine control of SAW driven droplets simply by patterning of the surface into areas with different levels of wettability. This paper evaluates a number of different materials and surface preparation techniques and assesses their manufacturability and efficacy for this application. Test structures have been designed and developed to help optimise a fabrication process using the biocompatible polymer Parylene. Early results obtained using airflow as a driving force show that it is possible to manipulate droplets through direction changes of up to 60°. Additional work has been done using surface acoustic waves as the driving force to determine the extent to which droplets can be guided to desired locations.
|Title of host publication||Microelectronic Test Structures (ICMTS), 2012 IEEE International Conference on|
|Place of Publication||Piscataway, NJ|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||Microelectronic Test Structures (ICMTS), 2012 IEEE International Conference on - |
Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …
|Conference||Microelectronic Test Structures (ICMTS), 2012 IEEE International Conference on|
|Period||1/01/12 → …|