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Gallium nitride: a versatile compound semiconductor as novel piezoelectric film for acoustic tweezer in manipulation of cancer cells

Sun, Chao, Wu, Fangda, Wallis, David J. ORCID:, Shen, Ming Hong ORCID:, Yuan, Fan, Yang, Jian ORCID:, Wu, Jianzhong, Xie, Zhihua ORCID:, Liang, Dongfang, Wang, Hanlin, Tickle, Rowan, Mikhaylov, Roman, Clayton, Aled ORCID:, Zhou, You ORCID:, Wu, Zhenlin, Fu, Yongqing, Xun, Wenpeng and Yang, Xin ORCID: 2020. Gallium nitride: a versatile compound semiconductor as novel piezoelectric film for acoustic tweezer in manipulation of cancer cells. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices 67 (8) , pp. 3355-3361. 10.1109/TED.2020.3002498

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Gallium nitride (GaN) is a compound semiconductor which has advantages to generate new functionalities and applications due to its piezoelectric, pyroelectric, and piezo-resistive properties. Recently, surface acoustic wave (SAW)-based acoustic tweezers were developed as an efficient and versatile tool to manipulate nano- and microparticles aiming for patterning, separating, and mixing biological and chemical components. Conventional piezoelectric materials to fabricate SAW devices such as lithium niobate suffer from its low thermal conductivity and incapability of fabricating multiphysical and integrated devices. This article piloted the development of a GaN-based acoustic tweezer (GaNAT) and its application in manipulating microparticles and biological cells. For the first time, the GaN SAW device was integrated with a microfluidic channel to form an acoustofluidic chip for biological applications. The GaNAT demonstrated its ability to work on high power (up to 10 W) with minimal cooling requirement while maintaining the device temperature below 32 °C. Acoustofluidic modeling was successfully applied to numerically study and predict acoustic pressure field and particle trajectories within the GaNAT, which agree well with the experimental results on patterning polystyrene microspheres and two types of biological cells including fibroblast and renal tumor cells. The GaNAT allowed both cell types to maintain high viabilities of 84.5% and 92.1%, respectively.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN: 0018-9383
Date of Acceptance: 10 June 2020
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2022 02:25

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