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Advances in Micromanipulation Actuated by Vibration-Induced Acoustic Waves and Streaming Flow

Key Laboratory of Biomimetic Robots and Systems, Ministry of Education, State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Control and Decision of Complex System, Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Intelligent Robots and Systems, and School of Mechatronical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China
Department of Materials Engineering Science, Osaka University, Osaka 560-8531, Japan
Global Alliance Laboratory, The University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(4), 1260;
Received: 31 December 2019 / Revised: 4 February 2020 / Accepted: 10 February 2020 / Published: 13 February 2020
The use of vibration and acoustic characteristics for micromanipulation has been prevalent in recent years. Due to high biocompatibility, non-contact operation, and relatively low cost, the micromanipulation actuated by the vibration-induced acoustic wave and streaming flow has been widely applied in the sorting, translating, rotating, and trapping of targets at the submicron and micron scales, especially particles and single cells. In this review, to facilitate subsequent research, we summarize the fundamental theories of manipulation driven by vibration-induced acoustic waves and streaming flow. These methods are divided into two types: actuated by the acoustic wave, and actuated by the steaming flow induced by vibrating geometric structures. Recently proposed representative vibroacoustic-driven micromanipulation methods are introduced and compared, and their advantages and disadvantages are summarized. Finally, prospects are presented based on our review of the recent advances and developing trends. View Full-Text
Keywords: micro/nano robotics; micromanipulation; vibration; acoustic wave; streaming flow micro/nano robotics; micromanipulation; vibration; acoustic wave; streaming flow
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Chen, Z.; Liu, X.; Kojima, M.; Huang, Q.; Arai, T. Advances in Micromanipulation Actuated by Vibration-Induced Acoustic Waves and Streaming Flow. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 1260.

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