Size-dependent particle migration and trapping in three-dimensional microbubble streaming flows

Andreas Volk, Massimiliano Rossi, Bhargav Rallabandi, Christian J. Kähler, Sascha Hilgenfeldt, Alvaro Marin

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Acoustically actuated sessile bubbles can be used as a tool to manipulate microparticles, vesicles, and cells. In this work, using acoustically actuated sessile semicylindrical microbubbles, we demonstrate experimentally that finite-sized microparticles undergo size-sensitive migration and trapping toward specific spatial positions in three dimensions with high reproducibility. The particle trajectories are successfully reproduced by passive advection of the particles in a steady three-dimensional streaming flow field augmented with volume exclusion from the confining boundaries. For different particle sizes, this volume exclusion mechanism leads to three regimes of qualitatively different migratory behavior, suggesting applications for separating, trapping, and sorting of particles in three dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number114201
JournalPhysical Review Fluids
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 19 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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