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Dielectrophoretic Mixing With Novel Electrode Geometry

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G. Naga Siva Kumar, Sushanta K. Mitra, Subir Bhattacharjee

University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Paper No. FEDSM2009-78260, pp. 463-468; 6 pages
  • ASME 2009 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting
  • Volume 2: Fora
  • Vail, Colorado, USA, August 2–6, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4373-4 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3855-6
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Electrokinetic mixing of analytes at micro-scale is important in several biochemical applications like cell activation, DNA hybridization, protein folding, immunoassays and enzyme reactions. This paper deals with the modeling and numerical simulation of micromixing of two different types of colloidal suspensions based on principle of dielectrophoresis (DEP). A mathematical model is developed based on Laplace, Navier-Stokes, and convection-diffusion-migration equations to calculate electric field, velocity, and concentration distributions, respectively. Mixing of two colloidal suspensions is simulated in a three-dimensional computational domain using finite element analysis considering dielectrophoretic, gravitational and convective (advective)–diffusive forces. Phase shifted AC signal is applied to the alternating electrodes for achieving the mixing of two different colloidal suspensions. The results indicate that the electric field and DEP forces are maximum at the edges of the electrodes and become minimum elsewhere. As compared to curved edges, straight edges of electrodes have lower electric field and DEP forces. The results also indicate that DEP force decays exponentially along the height of the channel. The effect of DEP forces on the concentration profile is studied. It is observed that, the concentration of colloidal particles at the electrodes edges is very less compared to elsewhere. Mixing of two colloidal suspensions due to diffusion is observed at the interface of the two suspensions. The improvement in mixing after applying the repulsive DEP forces on the colloidal suspension is observed. Most of the mixing takes place across the slant edges of the triangular electrodes. The effect of electrode pairs and the mixing length on degree of mixing efficiency are also observed.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Electrodes , Geometry



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