Electrowetting-on-dielectric device controlled by embedded undulating electrode for liquid transport

Sin Hyung Lee, In Ho Lee, Jiyoon Kim, Chang Min Keum, Eui Sang Yu, Sin Doo Lee

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Abstract

We demonstrated a new architecture of an electrowetting-on-dielectric (EWOD) device to transport a liquid droplet by the spatial modulation of an electric field produced using an embedded undulating electrode. The undulating electrode was constructed on an array of dielectric microstructures with different periods in region by region to generate a gradually varying lateral electric field. The contact angle of a droplet of water on the EWOD surface was found to decrease monotonically from 120° to about 50° with increasing the strength of the electric field. The transport of the water droplet was driven by the surface wettability gradient produced by means of the amplitude modulation of the electric field in space but not in time. Our EWOD configuration allows the flexibility in design, the simplicity in driving scheme, and the high accuracy in position for the liquid transport.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6455-6458
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported in part by the National Research Foundation (NRF) of Korea grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (No. 2011-0028422).

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2016 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Amplitude Modulation
  • Electrowetting-on-Dielectric
  • Liquid Transport
  • Wettability Gradient

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