Dielectrophoretic devices fabricated by proton beam writing for concentration, assembly, and detection of nanoparticles

Toshiki Kimura, Ryousuke Kawashima, Ken Yamamoto, Satoshi Uchida, Yasuyuki Ishii, Hiroyuki Nishikawa

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Abstract

Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is a phenomenon with directional movement of micro particles due to the DEP force under uneven AC electric field. We utilize polymer surface with microstructures such as µm-scale pit arrays for DEP devices to assemble or concentrate nanoparticles. For micro-structuring of the polymer such as PMMA with thickness of 5-10 µm, we applied proton beam writing (PBW) which is a direct-write lithographic technique for high-aspect ratio microstructures of polymeric materials such as PMMA and epoxy resin. Pit arrays such as 5 x 5 arrays of circular pits with diameter of 5 µm on the 5-10 µm thick PMMA. We were able to demonstrate collection and assembly of gold and Ag nanoparticles (diameter of 100 to 250 nm) on the PMMA pit arrays from the colloidal suspension of the metallic nanoparticles in water. The DEP experiments were performed with the amplitude (10-20 V) and frequency (1-100 kHz) of applied ac voltages with additional dc offset voltage of less than 1V. We also discuss possible application of this technique to the detection of micro and nanoparticles such as plastics, dielectrics and metals in environmental water.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 2020 International Symposium on Electrical Insulating Materials, ISEIM 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical Engineers of Japan
Pages245-248
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9784886864185
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep 13
Event2020 International Symposium on Electrical Insulating Materials, ISEIM 2020 - Virtual, Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 2020 Sep 132020 Sep 17

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Symposium on Electrical Insulating Materials
Volume2020-September

Conference

Conference2020 International Symposium on Electrical Insulating Materials, ISEIM 2020
CountryJapan
CityVirtual, Tokyo
Period20/9/1320/9/17

Keywords

  • Dielectrophoresis
  • Microstructures
  • Nanoparticles
  • Proton beam writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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