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Title: Geometric optimization of double layered microchannel with grooves array for enabling nanoparticle manipulation
Authors: Zhang, Boran
Wu, Wenshuai
Zhao, Qianbin
Yan, Sheng
Keywords: Engineering::Electrical and electronic engineering
Issue Date: 2023
Source: Zhang, B., Wu, W., Zhao, Q. & Yan, S. (2023). Geometric optimization of double layered microchannel with grooves array for enabling nanoparticle manipulation. Physics of Fluids, 35(6), 062009-.
Journal: Physics of Fluids 
Abstract: Microfluidic manipulation has been widely applied in bio-chemical research and applications, including bacteria/cell/protein mixing, separation, focusing, concentration, and trapping. One of the current severe challenges of this technique is to manipulate particles smaller than micrometer scale. In addition to multi-physical assists like acoustic and electrical fields, optimization of a structural design is a promising way to improve the functional capability of a microchannel. In our recent work, we built a robust and versatile numerical simulation model, validated with experiments, to reveal the mechanism of inertial microfluidic particle focusing within the double layered microchannel. In this study, a comprehensive investigation on the (geometrical and dimensional) optimization was further conducted with various numerical case studies. Based on the results, the fundamentals of the double layered microchannel with grooves were deeply revealed. In detail, the effects of microchannel geometric characteristics were discussed, including aspect ratio, groove curve radius, and groove spacing. In addition, an optimization strategy of geometrical and dimensional design was proposed to deeply exploit the manipulating potential of the microchannel. Based on the simulating calculation, the proposed optimized design of microchannel can remarkably improve the manipulating performance breaking through the manipulating limitation of manipulatable microparticle size, from microscale (4-10 μm) into nanoscale (500-800 nm), compared with the conventional microchannel.
ISSN: 1070-6631
DOI: 10.1063/5.0152929
Schools: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 
Rights: © 2023 The Author(s). All rights reserved. Published under an exclusive license by AIP Publishing. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the copyright holder. The Version of Record is available online at or URL link.
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