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Highlights from the acoustofluidic conference 2012 - a conference on particle and fluid manipulation with ultrasound

The articles for this special edition of Journal of Nanobiotechnology were selected from work presented at the 2012 acoustofluidics conference (the 10th USWNet meeting, Lund, Sweden) to represent current progress in the field of ultrasound particle manipulation. They describe some of the new techniques which are being developed to measure the complex combination of flow, standing wave acoustics and their effects on biological systems, a combination which proves difficult for physics and engineering. These simple techniques are all aimed at measuring the parameters needed to help ultrasonic particle manipulation become a more widely used tool in microfluidics. Guest edited by Dr Jeremy Hawkes, University of Manchester.

  1. Acoustophoresis has been utilized successfully in applications including cell trapping, focusing, and purification. One current limitation of acoustophoresis for cell sorting is the reliance on the inherent ph...

    Authors: Leah M Johnson, Lu Gao, C Wyatt Shields IV, Margret Smith, Kirill Efimenko, Kevin Cushing, Jan Genzer and Gabriel P López
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2013 11:22
  2. For the design and characterization of ultrasonic particle manipulation devices the pressure field in the fluid cavity is of great interest. The schlieren method provides an optical tool for the visualization ...

    Authors: Dirk Möller, Nicolas Degen and Jurg Dual
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2013 11:21
  3. In ultrasonic micro-devices, contrast agent micro-bubbles are known to initiate cavitation and streaming local to cells, potentially compromising cell viability. Here we investigate the effects of US alone by ...

    Authors: Dyan N Ankrett, Dario Carugo, Junjun Lei, Peter Glynne-Jones, Paul A Townsend, Xunli Zhang and Martyn Hill
    Citation: Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2013 11:20