Fluido-dynamic and electromagnetic characterization of 3D carbon dielectrophoresis with finite element analysis uri icon


  • The following work presents the fluido-dynamic and electromagnetic characterization of a 3D electrodes array to be used in high throughput and high efficiency Carbon Dielectrophoresis (CarbonDEP) applications such as filters, continuous particle enrichment and positioning of particle populations for analysis. CarbonDEP refers to the induction of Dielectrophoresis (DEP) by carbon surfaces. The final goal is, through an initial stage of modeling and analysis, to reduce idea-to-prototype time and cost of CarbonDEP devices to be applied in the health care field. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is successfully conducted to model velocity and electric fields established by polarized high aspect ratio carbon cylinders, and its planar carbon connecting leads, immersed in a water-based medium. Results demonstrate correlation between a decreasing flow velocity gradient and an increasing electric field gradient toward electrodes' surfaces which is optimal for CarbonDEP applications. Simulation results are experimentally validated in the proposed applications.

Publication date

  • October 1, 2008