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Sensors 2017, 17(3), 449;

Dielectrophoresis for Biomedical Sciences Applications: A Review

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Centre for Innovation in Medical Engineering (CIME), Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, Taiz University, 6803 Taiz, Yemen
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Academic Editor: Alexander Star
Received: 26 October 2016 / Revised: 10 December 2016 / Accepted: 20 December 2016 / Published: 24 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Biosensors)
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Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is a label-free, accurate, fast, low-cost diagnostic technique that uses the principles of polarization and the motion of bioparticles in applied electric fields. This technique has been proven to be beneficial in various fields, including environmental research, polymer research, biosensors, microfluidics, medicine and diagnostics. Biomedical science research is one of the major research areas that could potentially benefit from DEP technology for diverse applications. Nevertheless, many medical science research investigations have yet to benefit from the possibilities offered by DEP. This paper critically reviews the fundamentals, recent progress, current challenges, future directions and potential applications of research investigations in the medical sciences utilizing DEP technique. This review will also act as a guide and reference for medical researchers and scientists to explore and utilize the DEP technique in their research fields. View Full-Text
Keywords: dielectrophoresis; biomedical sciences; diagnostic; point-of-care dielectrophoresis; biomedical sciences; diagnostic; point-of-care

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