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A Modular Platform for Cell Characterization, Handling, and Sorting by Dielectrophoresis

S. Burgarella[1], B. Dell’Anna[2], V. Perna[1], G. Zarola[2], and S. Merlo[2]

[1]STMicroelectronics, Agrate Brianza, MI, Italy
[2]Dipartimento di Elettronica, Università degli Studi di Pavia, Pavia, Italy

Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is a method for cell manipulation without physical contact in lab-on-chip devices, since it exploits the dielectric properties of cells suspended in a microfluidic sample, under the action of locally generated high-gradient electric fields. The DEP platform that has been developed offers an integrated solution for customizable applications. Several functional units, ...

Design and Simulation of MEMS based PZT energy generator.

A. Deshpande[1]
[1]B.V.Bhoomaraddi College of Engineerring & Technology, Hubli, Karnataka, India

At present, a great deal of research effort has been directed to find eco-friendly and renewable sources of energy. With the rising costs of crude oil and petroleum, along with the derogatory effects that they pose to the environment, this sort of approach is of utmost importance. This has also led to the search for alternate methods of transforming the various forms of energy into electrical ...

Interactive Design of an Electrostatic Headphone Speaker Using COMSOL Server™

B. A. Marmo [1], M. P. Snaith [1],
[1] Xi Engineering Consultants, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

An electrostatic headphone includes many interrelated design elements that affect the frequency response of the headphone and the users listening experience. Xi Engineering Consultants (XI) partnered with Warwick Audio Technologies (WAT) to investigate the complex behavior of one-side electrostatic speakers. Xi developed a GUI that helped WAT engineers optimize their speaker using virtual tools ...

FEM Analysis of MEMS Capacitive Presure Sensor with Segmented Boss Structure for Diaphragm

A. K. Ramesh [1], P. Ramesh [1],
[1]College of Engineering Munnar, Munnar, Kerala, India

Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) based capacitive pressure sensor designs with improved sensitivity is always a matter of great concern and the recent developments in such a design is the MEMS capacitive pressure sensor with bossed diaphragm.The bossed diaphragm model improves sensitivity but it compromises the range of operation which lead to a new design with the segmented boss structure. ...

Study of Fluid and Mass Adsorption Model in the QCM-D Sensor for Characterization of Biomolecular Interaction

H.J. Kwon[1], C.K. Bradfield[1], B.T. Dodge[1], and G.S. Agoki[1]
[1]Department of Engineering and Computer Science, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA

Increasing attention has been paid to application of the quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) sensor for monitoring biomolecular interactions. This paper focuses on a practical application of protein-protein binding affinity measurement at low concentrations and minimal sample sizes (50-200 μl of 20-200 nM), which results in low signal measurement. A model simulating fluid ...

Particle Flow Control by Magnetically Induced Dynamics of Particle Interactions

F. Wittbracht[1], A. Weddemann[1], A. Auge[1], and A. Hütten[1]

[1]Department of Physics, Thin Films and Physics of Nanostructures, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

In this work, we show that dipolar magnetic coupling can be used to control the particle flow through microfluidic structures without changing the state of motion of the carrier liquid. Also no external magnetic gradient fields are employed; the total external magnetic force applied is therefore zero. The theoretical idea will be tested experimentally. Here, additional effects originating from ...

Simulations of Micropumps Based on Tilted Flexible Structures - new

M. J. Hancock[1], N. H. Elabbasi[1], M. C. Demirel[2]
[1]Veryst Engineering, LLC., Needham, MA, USA
[2]Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

Pumping liquids at small scales is challenging because of the principle of reversibility: in a viscous regime, the flow streamlines through a fixed geometry are the same regardless of flow direction. Recently we developed a class of microfluidic pump designs based on tilted flexible structures that combines the concepts of cilia (flexible elastic elements) and rectifiers (e.g., Tesla pump). We ...

Modeling, Simulation, and Optimization of Piezoelectric Bimorph Transducer for Broadband Vibration Energy Harvesting in Multi-Beam and Trapezoidal Approach

N. Chen [1], V. Bedekar [1],
[1] Department of Engineering Technology, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, USA

The objective of the research is to design a broadband energy harvester device through the multi-beam approach and non-linear trapezoidal geometry approach. The performance of two piezoelectric PZT-PZN polycrystalline ceramic composition samples are simulated in COMSOL Multiphysics®, and results are compared using series configuration of a bimorph energy harvester which vibrates near the its ...

Experimentally Matched Finite Element Modeling of Thermally Actuated SOI MEMS Micro-Grippers Using COMSOL Multiphysics

M. Guvench[1], and J. Crosby[1]
[1]University of Southern Maine, Gorham, Maine, USA

In “Micro-Electro-Mechanical-Systems” shortly known as MEMS, one of the most important and effective principle of creating transduction of electrical power to displacement force is thermal expansion. A slim beam of MEMS material, typically Silicon, is heated by the application of electrical current via Joule heating; it expands and creates motion. In the design of many MEMS devices ...

A Methodology For The Simulation Of MEMS Spiral Inductances Used As Magnetic Sensors

S. Druart, D. Flandre, and L.A. Francis
Université catholique de Louvain - ICTEAM, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

In this paper, a methodology to simulate the electric behavior of spiral inductances is presented and discussed. All the methodology is built with the COMSOL software used with the Matlab scripting interface and then allows performing fully parameterized simulations. The program architecture is explained and is used to simulate two applications. The first calculates the voltage induced by an ...