Directed drop transport rectified from orthogonal vibrations via a flat wetting barrier ratchet.

Abstract

We introduce the wetting barrier ratchet, a digital microfluidic technology for directed drop transport in an open air environment. Cyclic drop footprint oscillations initiated by orthogonal vibrations as low as 37 μm in amplitude at 82 Hz are rectified into fast (mm/s) and controlled transport along a fabricated ratchet design. The ratchet is made from a… (More)

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