Artificial cilia: Mimicking nature through magnetic actuation

S.N. Khaderi, M.G.H.M. Baltussen, P.D. Anderson, D. Ioan, J.M.J. Den Toonder, P.R. Onck

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Manipulation of bio-fluids in microchannels faces many challenges in the development of lab-on-a-chip devices. We propose magnetically actuated artificial cilia which can propel fluids in microchannels. These cilia are magnetic films which can be actuated by an external magnetic field, leading to an asymmetric motion like that of natural cilia. The coupling between different physical mechanisms (magnetostatics, solid mechanics and fluid dynamics) is numerically established. In this work we quantify the flow through a microfluidic channel as a function of its geometry for a characteristic set of dimensionless parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials and Strategies for Lab-on-a-Chip - Biological Analysis, Cell-Material Interfaces and Fluidic Assembly of Nanostructures
EditorsShashi K. Murthy, Saif A. Khan, Victor M. Ugaz
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-1-107-40815-9
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 13 Apr 200917 Apr 2009

Publication series

NameMaterials Research Society Symposium Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0272-9172


Conference2009 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
OtherSymposium held at the 2009 MRS Spring Meeting
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