Floating electrode optoelectronic tweezers: Light-driven dielectrophoretic droplet manipulation in electrically insulating oil medium
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Applied Physics Letters
We report an optical actuation mechanism, floating electrode optoelectronic tweezers (FEOET). FEOET enables light-driven transport of aqueous droplets immersed in electrically insulating oil on a featureless photoconductive glass layer with direct optical images. We demonstrate that a 681 µm de-ionized water droplet immersed in corn oil medium is actuated by a 3.21 µW laser beam with an average intensity as low as 4.08 µW/mm2 at a maximum speed of 85.1 µm/s on a FEOET device. FEOET provides a promising platform for massively parallel droplet manipulation with optical images on low cost, silicon-coated glass. The FEOET device structure, fabrication, working principle, numerical simulations, and operational results are presented in this letter.