Microdevice with Planar Corrugated Electrodes for Dielectrophoretic Focusing of Micro-Particles

Alia Mohammed Shaker Alblooshi, Fadi Alnaimat, Bobby Mathew

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This paper conceptualizes and mathematically models a dielectrophoretic microdevice with planar corrugated electrodes for focusing micro-particles at any lateral location along the width of the micro-scale flow passage; two of these electrodes are placed on the top and bottom surfaces of the micro-scale flow passage with the electrodes on the top and bottom aligned with each other to form a pair. The mathematical model includes equations of motion, Navier-Stokes equations, and equations of electric voltage and field and considers the influence of several phenomena, including inertia, sedimentation, drag, virtual mass and dielectrophoresis on the focusing of micro-particles. The mathematical model is solved using the finite difference method. The mathematical model is used for parametric study, thereby revealing that the performance metrics related to focusing depend on the geometric (micro-scale flow passage and electrode dimensions) and operating (applied electric voltages and volumetric flow rate) parameters of the microdevice. The mathematical model allows for determining the operating and geometric parameters for achieving the desired performance metrics based on constraints. The mathematical model is validated using experimental data from the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138144-138159
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Access
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Dielectrophoresis
  • Navier-Stokes equations
  • finite difference method
  • focusing
  • microelectrodes
  • microfluidics
  • modeling
  • transducers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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