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Controlled actuation of liquid marbles on a dielectric

Fu, Xiangyu; Zhang, Yage; Yuan, Hao; Binks, Bernard P.; Shum, Ho Cheung


Xiangyu Fu

Yage Zhang

Hao Yuan

Ho Cheung Shum


Motivated by the great potential of droplet microreactors for chemical and biological applications, a general and robust method utilizing an electric field is developed for sustained, directional and two-dimensional manipulation of nonwetting droplets (termed “liquid marbles”). With the understanding of the mechanism of actuation, this method allows individual liquid marbles to be actuated and coalesced on demand by fine-tuning the driving voltage. Moreover, in our system, cross-contamination between marbles during manipulation is avoided as confirmed by the absence of any trace DNA after amplification using a loop-mediated isothermal amplification reaction.


Fu, X., Zhang, Y., Yuan, H., Binks, B. P., & Shum, H. C. (2018). Controlled actuation of liquid marbles on a dielectric. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10(41), 34822-34827.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 28, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 28, 2018
Publication Date Oct 17, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 4, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 29, 2019
Journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Print ISSN 1944-8244
Electronic ISSN 1944-8252
Publisher American Chemical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 10
Issue 41
Pages 34822-34827
Keywords Digital microfluidics; Electric field, Liquid marble; Manipulation; Microreactors
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