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Optofluidic devices and applications

01 Dec 2012-

AbstractOptofluidic devices are most commonly fabricated using microfluidic technology into which photonic capability is embedded. Lasers, microscopes, sensors, optical fibers, and lenses can be fabricated with this approach [1]. The application areas of optofluidics include tunable optical devices, biophotonics [2], and more recently solar energy harvesting [3].

Topics: Optofluidics (62%), Optical engineering (56%), Photonics (52%), Biophotonics (51%)

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1. Introduction

  • Until now, to the best of their knowledge, the most common and reproducible methods of microscale manipulation have included mechanical and magnetic micro-manipulators [1,2] and various types of optical tweezers [3] including: holographic [4], plasmonic [5], antenna-based [6], and photonic crystal-based tweezers [7].
  • The currents could be generated by heating with different wavelengths of light in the near IR spectrum shining on a variety of plasmonic structures and rough metal films [14,17–20].
  • Also, they were done using light coupled through a microscope objective, which made the whole setup inflexible in terms of independent observation and manipulation.
  • The authors substrate contains a continuous bi-metal layer , and this configuration has multiple advantages over traditional thermo-plasmonic structures.
  • (c–h) Optical microscope images and corresponding three-dimensional models of the three regimes of opto-fluidic particle manipulation; (c,f) low power—no controllable particle movement; (d,g) medium power—trapping regime; (e,h) high power—levitation regime.

2. Optoelectrokinetics (OEK) Chips and Their Working Principles

  • In their study, only a layer of a-Si:H was deposited, which was also classified into an a-Si:H based OEK chip.
  • Specifically, if the value of the real part of the CM factor is higher than zero, a positive ODEP force will be generated and then the micro/nanoparticles will be attracted and moved to the illuminated area.
  • Figure 2. Structure of P3HT/PCBM polymer-based OEK chip (reproduced from Ref. [47]).
  • Another kind of OEK chip was devised based on TiOPc, an organic photosensitive material.

3.1. Separation and Assembly of Micro-Scaled Particles

  • The OEK chip has been commonly used to perform manipulations such as separation, concentration and assembly on micro/nanoparticles, with the aid of an ODEP and/or ACEO mechanism.
  • Manipulation and assembly of metallic microspheres into patterns were proposed [60].
  • It has been further demonstrated that OEK can serve as a versatile and programmable microrobot to perform typical micromanipulations such as “load,” “transport,” and “deliver” [63].
  • Figure 8G schematically presents the three-step process, which exhibited a higher moving velocity than when OEK was used alone.

3.2. Manipulation of Nano-Scaled Particles

  • OEK has also been used to dynamically manipulate nano-scaled entities, including the separation of nanowires [64–67], the patterning of two-dimensional nanomaterials [68], and manipulation of nanoparticles [69–74].
  • When the external voltage was higher than the “separation voltage,” i.e., the threshold one for moving the silicon nanowire, the silver nanowire could be separated from the silicon nanowire.
  • First, a rapid and automatic assembly of 100 nm diameter gold nanoparticle (AuNP)-based microstructures was experimentally investigated [72].
  • Using the triangle pattern as the virtual electrodes attracted most of the AuNPs into the locations of angular bisectors and formed a circle structure with three lines pointing toward the center of the triangle.
  • Specifically, their resistance value could be controlled by the width and length of the microstructures: inversely increasing with the width and linearly increasing with the length .

4. Mask-Free Fabrication of Electrodes and Devices

  • An optically-induced electrochemical reaction and deposition scheme was presented to enable dynamic, rapid and mask-free fabrication of microelectrodes [75–79].
  • Then, the Au and Ag electrodes were rapidly fabricated onto the target MoS2 film.
  • Then, the fabricated microstructures were transferred into an OEK chip for assembly, which was achieved by using microfluidic flow.
  • Figure 16 illustrates the assembly of PEGDA-based microstructures with different sizes and shapes.
  • Two alternating lines perpendicular to each other were designed to fabricate hydrogel microstructures, as shown in Figure 17a.

6. Conclusions and Prospects

  • As discussed above, the OEK technique has been widely used by the microfluidic community to make a list of research achievements in terms of the manipulation and fabrication of micro/nanomaterials A lens-free holographic microscope was incorporated into the OEK chip to allow observing microparticles and cells in a large field of view [99].
  • 16 Micromachines 2020, 11, 78 Finally, increased efforts are required to identify new possible applications of the OEK technique, which is the ultimate challenge and also the key to address the above two challenges.
  • The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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In this paper, the authors summarize a variety of differently structured OEK chips, followed by a discussion on how they are fabricated and the ways in which they work. The authors also review how three differently sized polystyrene beads can be separated simultaneously, how a variety of nanoparticles can be assembled, and how micro/nanomaterials can be fabricated into functional devices. The authors provide a summary of the current challenges facing the OEK technique and its future prospects at the end of this paper.