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Deborah J Lomax, Pallav Kant, Aled T Williams, Hollie V Patten, Yuqin Zou, Anne Juel, Robert A W Dryfe
The control of wetting behaviour underpins a variety of important applications from lubrication to microdroplet manipulation. Electrowetting is a powerful method to achieve external wetting control, by exploiting the potential-dependence of the liquid contact angle with respect to a solid substrate. Addition of a dielectric film to the surface of the substrate, which insulates the electrode from the liquid thereby suppressing electrolysis, has led to technological advances such as variable focal-length liquid lenses, electronic paper and the actuation of droplets in lab-on-a-chip devices...
October 5, 2016: Soft Matter
Zuzana Brabcova, Glen McHale, Gary George Wells, Carl V Brown, Michael Ian Newton, Andrew M J Edwards
The wetting of solid surfaces can be modified by altering the surface free energy balance between the solid, liquid, and vapour phases. Liquid dielectrophoresis (L-DEP) can produce wetting on normally non-wetting surfaces, without modification of the surface topography or chemistry. L-DEP is a bulk force acting on the dipoles of a dielectric liquid and is not normally considered to be a localized effect acting at the interface between the liquid and a solid or other fluid. However, if this force is induced by a non-uniform electric field across a solid-liquid interface, it can be used to enhance and control the wetting of a dielectric liquid...
October 3, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Yogesh B Sawane, Satishchandra B Ogale, Arun G Banpurkar
We demonstrate a consistent electrowetting response on ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) insulator covered with a thin Teflon AF layer. This bilayer exhibits a factor of 3 enhancement in the contact angle modulation compared to that of conventional single-layered Teflon AF dielectric. On the basis of the proposed model the enhancement is attributed to the high value of effective dielectric constant (εeff ≈ 6) of the bilayer. Furthermore, the bilayer dielectric exhibits a hysteresis-free contact angle modulation over many AC voltage cycles...
September 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Lei Li, Di Wang, Chao Liu, Qiong-Hua Wang
We report an ultrathin zoom telescopic objective that can achieve continuous zoom change and has reduced compact volume. The objective consists of an annular folded lens and three electrowetting liquid lenses. The annular folded lens undertakes the main part of the focal power of the lens system. Due to a multiple-fold design, the optical path is folded in a lens with the thickness of ~1.98mm. The electrowetting liquid lenses constitute a zoom part. Based on the proposed objective, an ultrathin zoom telescopic camera is demonstrated...
August 8, 2016: Optics Express
Sin-Hyung Lee, In-Ho Lee, Jiyoon Kim, Chang-Min Keum, Eui-Sang Yu, Sin-Doo Lee
We demonstrated a new architecture of an electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) device to transport a liquid droplet by the spatial modulation of an electric field produced using an embedded undulating electrode. The undulating electrode was constructed on an array of dielectric microstructures with different periods in region by region to generate a gradually varying lateral electric field. The contact angle of a droplet of water on the EWOD surface was found to decrease monotonically from 120 degrees to about 50 degrees with increasing the strength of the electric field...
June 2016: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Guohui Zhang, Marc Walker, Patrick R Unwin
We demonstrate low-voltage electrowetting at the surface of freshly cleaved highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). Using cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrowetting of a droplet of a sodium perchlorate solution is observed at moderately positive potentials on high-quality (low step edge coverage) HOPG, leading to significant changes in the contact angle and relative contact diameter that are comparable to the results of the widely studied electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD) system, but over a much lower voltage range...
August 2, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
F Invernizzi, S Dulio, M Patrini, G Guizzetti, P Mustarelli
Energy harvesting from human motion is a research field under rapid development. In this tutorial review we address the main physical and physico-chemical processes which can lead to energy generation, including electromagnetism, piezoelectricity, and electrostatic generation. Emphasis is put on the relationships among material properties and device efficiency. Some new and relatively less known approaches, such as triboelectric nanogeneration (TENG) and reverse electrowetting (REWOD), are reported in more detail...
July 11, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
Elaheh Shekaramiz, Ganeshkumar Varadarajalu, Philip J Day, H Kumar Wickramasinghe
Single cell transfection techniques are essential to understand the heterogeneity between cells. We have developed an integrated electrowetting nanoinjector (INENI) to transfect single cells. The high transfection efficiency, controlled dosage delivery and ease of INENI fabrication promote the widespread application of the INENI in cell transfection assays.
2016: Scientific Reports
Daniel Kopp, Hans Zappe
We demonstrate a new means to fabricate three-dimensional liquid lenses which may be tuned in focal length and astigmatism. Using actuation by electrowetting-on-dielectrics, astigmatism in arbitrary directions may be tuned independently, with almost no cross talk between orthogonal orientations. The lens is based on electrodes structured on planar polyimide foils and subsequently rolled, enabling high-resolution patterning of complex electrodes along the azimuthal and radial directions of the lens. Based on a design established through fluidic and optical simulations, the astigmatism tuning is experimentally verified by a change of the corresponding Zernike coefficients measured using a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor...
June 15, 2016: Optics Letters
Amir Shahzad, A R Masud, Jang-Kun Song
Electrowetting (EW) enables facile manipulation of a liquid droplet on a hydrophobic surface. In this study, manipulation of an electrolyte droplet having a small floating object on it was investigated on a solid hydrophobic substrate under the EW process. Herein, the floating object exhibited a vertical motion under an applied electric field owing to the spreading and contraction of the droplet on its connecting substrates. The field-induced height variation of the floating object was significantly influenced by the thicknesses of the dielectric and hydrophobic materials...
May 2016: Physical Review. E
A Cavalli, B Bera, D van den Ende, F Mugele
The competitive wetting of oil and aqueous electrolytes on solid surfaces depends strongly on the surface charge of the solid-water and the water-oil interface. This charge density is generally not known a priori but changes as ions adsorb or desorb from or to the interfaces, depending on the composition of the fluid and the thickness of thin films of the aqueous phase that frequently arise on hydrophilic surfaces, such as minerals. We analyze the wettability of such systems by coupling standard Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek theory to a linearized charge regulation model...
April 2016: Physical Review. E
Nima Tamaddoni, Graham Taylor, Trevor Hepburn, S Michael Kilbey, Stephen A Sarles
Biomimetic membranes assembled from block copolymers attract considerable interest because they exhibit greater stability and longetivity compared to lipid bilayers, and some enable the reconstitution of functional transmembrane biomolecules. Yet to-date, block copolymer membranes have not been achieved using the droplet interface bilayer (DIB) method, which uniquely allows assembling single- and multi-membrane networks between water droplets in oil. Herein, we investigate the formation of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(dimethyl siloxane)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer-stabilized interfaces (CSIs) between polymer-coated aqueous droplets in solutions comprising combinations of decane, hexadecane and AR20 silicone oil...
June 21, 2016: Soft Matter
R Prakash, K Pabbaraju, S Wong, R Tellier, K V I S Kaler
Nucleic acid based diagnostic techniques are routinely used for the detection of infectious agents. Most of these assays rely on nucleic acid extraction platforms for the extraction and purification of nucleic acids and a separate real-time PCR platform for quantitative nucleic acid amplification tests (NATs). Several microfluidic lab on chip (LOC) technologies have been developed, where mechanical and chemical methods are used for the extraction and purification of nucleic acids. Microfluidic technologies have also been effectively utilized for chip based real-time PCR assays...
June 2016: Biomedical Microdevices
Daniel Kopp, Lukas Lehmann, Hans Zappe
We demonstrate an electrowetting-actuated optofluidic system based on a rotatable liquid prism implemented as a two-dimensional laser scanner. The system is fabricated through a novel technology using a patterned flexible polymeric foil on which a high density of electrodes is structured and which is subsequently inserted into a cylindrical housing. The resulting radial electrode array is used for electrowetting actuation of two fluids filled into the cylinder, which allows a controllable tilt and orientation of the planar liquid interface and thus represents a tunable rotating prism...
March 20, 2016: Applied Optics
Ryan D Montoya, Kenneth Underwood, Soraya Terrab, Alexander M Watson, Victor M Bright, Juliet T Gopinath
A large extinction ratio optical shutter has been demonstrated using electrowetting liquids. The device is based on switching between a liquid-liquid interface curvature that produces total internal reflection and one that does not. The interface radius of curvature can be tuned continuously from 9 mm at 0 V to -45 mm at 26 V. Extinction ratios from 55.8 to 66.5 dB were measured. The device shows promise for ultracold chip-scale atomic clocks.
May 2, 2016: Optics Express
Dongyue Jiang, Sung-Yong Park
Technical advances in electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) over the past few years have extended our attraction to three-dimensional (3D) devices capable of providing more flexibility and functionality with larger volumetric capacity than conventional 2D planar ones. However, typical 3D EWOD devices require complex and expensive fabrication processes for patterning and wiring of pixelated electrodes that also restrict the minimum droplet size to be manipulated. Here, we present a flexible single-sided continuous optoelectrowetting (SCOEW) device which is not only fabricated by a spin-coating method without the need for patterning and wiring processes, but also enables light-driven 3D droplet manipulations...
May 21, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Olena Kudina, Burak Eral, Frieder Mugele
The performance of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) is frequently compromised by the heterogeneous distribution of matrix and analyte deposits on the target plate arising during the conventional drop-drying sample preparation procedure. It was recently shown that this so-called coffee stain effect can be suppressed by exciting evaporating complex fluids throughout the drying process using AC-electrowetting. Here, we demonstrate that electrowetting-assisted drying of solutions of common MALDI matrix materials and a variety of common low molecular weight pharmaceutical molecules indeed leads to substantially smaller and more homogeneous sample spots on special electrowetting-functionalized e-MALDI target plates...
May 3, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
S Goniszewski, M Adabi, O Shaforost, S M Hanham, L Hao, N Klein
Correlations between the level of p-doping exhibited in large area chemical vapour deposition (CVD) graphene field effect transistor structures (gFETs) and residual charges created by a variety of surface treatments to the silicon dioxide (SiO2) substrates prior to CVD graphene transfer are measured. Beginning with graphene on untreated thermal oxidised silicon, a minimum conductivity (σ(min)) occurring at gate voltage V(g) = 15 V (Dirac Point) is measured. It was found that more aggressive treatments (O2 plasma and UV Ozone treatments) further increase the gate voltage of the Dirac point up to 65 V, corresponding to a significant increase of the level of p-doping displayed in the graphene...
2016: Scientific Reports
Yanbo Xie, Miao Sun, Mingliang Jin, Guofu Zhou, Lingling Shui
Digital microfluidics provides precise control of a single microdroplet, producing more opportunities for bio-molecule studies, chemical reaction and optofluidics applications. By manipulating the surface of droplets, light can be focused, scattered, or reflected toward different positions. We build a model of electro-responsive optical microfluidic system, operated based on the electrowetting mechanism, which can split or push droplets moving within a microwell. The initial close state and operated open state in a single microwell displays the color of a dye oil droplet and the substrate, respectively, represented as the dark and bright pixel in the display board...
February 2016: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Tao He, Mingliang Jin, Jan C T Eijkel, Guofu Zhou, Lingling Shui
Driving microfluidic flow in micropixels by electrowetting to realize light switches and displays is of both practical and fundamental significance. The electro-optical performance related to microfluidic behavior needs to be clarified to optimize device functions. In this article, the microfluidic performance in electrowetting display devices was categorized according to the oil-water interface shape and response. The oil film movement was divided into vertically "thinning" and transversally "opening," for which the "thinning" process was found the key factor determining the pixel switching speed rather than the "opening" process...
January 2016: Biomicrofluidics
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