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Flexible platform of acoustofluidics and metamaterials with decoupled resonant frequencies

Zahertar, Shahrzad, Torun, Hamdi, Sun, Chao, Markwell, Christopher, Dong, Yinhua, Yang, Xin and Fu, Yongqing 2022. Flexible platform of acoustofluidics and metamaterials with decoupled resonant frequencies. Sensors 22 (12) , 4344. 10.3390/s22124344

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The key challenge for a lab-on-chip (LOC) device is the seamless integration of key elements of biosensing and actuation (e.g., biosampling or microfluidics), which are conventionally realised using different technologies. In this paper, we report a convenient and efficient LOC platform fabricated using an electrode patterned flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) pressed onto a piezoelectric film coated substrate, which can implement multiple functions of both acoustofluidics using surface acoustic waves (SAWs) and sensing functions using electromagnetic metamaterials, based on the same electrode on the FPCB. We explored the actuation capability of the integrated structure by pumping a sessile droplet using SAWs in the radio frequency range. We then investigated the hybrid sensing capability (including both physical and chemical ones) of the structure employing the concept of electromagnetic split-ring resonators (SRRs) in the microwave frequency range. The originality of this sensing work is based on the premise that the proposed structure contains three completely decoupled resonant frequencies for sensing applications and each resonance has been used as a separate physical or a chemical sensor. This feature compliments the acoustofluidic capability and is well-aligned with the goals set for a successful LOC device.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 1424-8220
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 June 2022
Date of Acceptance: 7 June 2022
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2022 16:00

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