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Short Course 2 - Acoustophoresis

The course is aimed at researchers, engineers, and students who would like to learn about the physics and applications of ultrasound-induced acoustic forces for manipulation of cells and liquids in microfluidic lab-on-a-chip devices.

Learning Objectives:
  1. To understand the physical principles of ultrasound-induced acoustophoresis in microfluidics.
  2. To understand the pros and cons of utilizing acoustophoresis in lab-on-a-chip systems.
  3. To acquire a broad overview of lab-on-a-chip applications of acoustophoresis
Topics to be Covered in the Course:
  1. Motivating introduction of ultrasound acoustophoresis in lab-on-a-chip systems.
  2. Physics of acoustophoresis: the radiation force on particles and the acoustic streaming of liquids.
  3. Examples of acoustic manipulation of microparticles and liquids in lab-on-a-chip devices.
Course Material:

Four recent tutorial papers by Henrik Bruus published in Lab on a Chip:


Henrik Bruus received his Ph.D. degree in physics from Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen in 1990, and then worked as postdoc at Nordic Institute of Theoretical Physics 1990-92, Yale University 1992-94 and CNRS Grenoble 1994-96. He returned to the Niels Bohr Institute as associate professor 1997-2001, before moving to the Technical University of Denmark in 2001. He became full professor of lab-chip systems in 2005 and of theoretical physics in 2012. His current research interests comprise acoustofluidics, electrokinetics, nanofluidics, the physics of on-chip cell manipulation, the motion of sugar in living plants, and topology-optimized microflows. He has (co)authored 115 journal papers on condensed matter physics and microfluidics, 150 conference papers, and 2 monographs, the latest being "Theoretical Microfluidics", Oxford University Press (2008).

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