Hybrid opto-electric manipulation in microfluidics - Opportunities and challenges

Aloke Kumar, Stuart J. Williams, Han Sheng Chuang, Nicolas G. Green, Steven T. Wereley

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2135-2148
Number of pages14
JournalLab on a Chip
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jul 7

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering


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