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A Novel Device for Nonmagnetic Particle Navigation Using Ferrofluids Manipulated by Magnetic Fields

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James A. Forte, Rifat Sipahi

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

Alper Ozturk

Corning, NY

Paper No. IMECE2008-67724, pp. 529-535; 7 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 2: Biomedical and Biotechnology Engineering
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, October 31–November 6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4863-0 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3840-2
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Particle navigation is performed for a variety of reasons including but not limited to drug delivery, cell isolation, sorting and filtering, and cell counting. Current methods accomplish these tasks by ‘tagging’ which has many benefits but also limitations in some cases. This paper proposes a novel device for nonmagnetic non-contact in-vitro particle navigation. The device is based on an idea that utilizes ferrofluids in connection with magnetic fields while effectively removing carriers as required by tagging methods and thus eliminating challenges associated with them. Analytic solution approaches and preliminary results show that this technology has promising potential to profoundly impact the field.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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