This SIG is focused on phenomena and physics of acoustic waves interacting with liquid (either in droplet form or in micro-channels), and on engineering and applications of acoustofluidics in diagnostic systems, biotechnology and biomedicine. It will include topics of microfluidics induced by ultrasonic, surface acoustic waves, bulk acoustic waves and flexural waves, and the use of these for bio-sampling, microanalysis, and microfluidic diagnosis.

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L = leader; C = co-leader; * = Other key personnel

[L]  Richard Fu (Northumbria University):
[C]  Julien Reboud (University of Glasgow):
Jack Luo (University of Bolton)
[C]  Jeremy Hawkes (University of Manchester):
Amanda Franklin (University of Bristol)
Luke Cox (University of Bristol)
Maddy Nichols (University of Bristol)
Tim Foat (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory)
Stefan Tauber
Glen McHale (Northumbria University)
Elijah Nazarzadeh (University of Glasgow)
Ran Tao (Northumbria University)
Nicasio Geraldi (Northumbria University)
Jonathan Terry (University of Edinburgh)

Future Meetings in 2019

Our 9th Acoustofludics SIG Meeting wil be held in

Cardiff University, UK, 10am-4.30pm, Thursday 16th October 2019. Map      

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The meeting will be focused on our Early Career Researchers community (junior academic staff, research fellows, post-doc, PhD students), around the theme of applications of acoustofluidics.

We will aim to:

Explore interests and opportunities in the applications of acoustofluidics, around 3 proposed sub-themes of ‘particle / cell manipulation’, ‘droplets’, multiphase systems’, and ‘acoustic devices’;

Exchange on the “different routes (simulation / experiments) and challenges” to enable impact in research on acoustofluidics;


Our 8th SIG meeting will be held in University of Durham on 16th and 18th Sept 2019, and will be combined with the International Confernece of Droplets 2019. More details can be found from  Abstract submission is now open; please pass information on to anyone who might be interested.

International Acoustofludics related meetings

16 -18 Sept 2019, Droplets 2019 University of Durham  Session- Microfluidics and Acoustofluidics — Pr Richard (Yong Qing) Fu, Pr Jon Cooper and Dr Julien ReboudAbstract submission is now open; please pass information on to anyone who might be interested Abstract deadline 17 March

2020        CBMS Acoustofluidics University of Glasgow, Scotland

2021        CBMS Acoustofluidics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China

15-18 August 2021 ICU Beijing

2023       ICU Paderborn Germany 

Past Meetings

Our 7th SIG meeting, Acoustofluidics Forum and Olympics 2019 was held in The University of Bristol on 26th and 27th June 2019.

Talks, technical demonstrations (i.e. the Olympics) and mind-challenging discussions.

The fundamentals and applications of acoustofluidic systems, such as bio-sampling, microanalysis, microfluidic diagnosis, filtering and container-less processing.

Bristol Programme  Our Sixth SIG Meeting:      10am-4.30pm, Thursday 14th March 2019 Kibble Suite , Hilton Grosvenor Hotel (Glasgow West End). Organised at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK     Focused on our Early Career Researcher community, around the theme of applications of acoustofluidics Specific aims:

  • Explore interests and opportunities in the applications of acoustofluidics, around 3 proposed sub-themes of ‘particle manipulation’, together with ‘droplets’ (inc. multiphase systems) and ‘devices’;
  • Exchange on the different routes and challenges to enable impact in research on acoustofluidics;

Our 5th SIG meeting, focused on simulation and theory and practise of software Heriot-Watt Unversity in Edinbrugh on 7th December 2018

The Twenty Second International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (µTAS 2018) was held at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from 11-15 November, 2018. Prof. Richard Fu delivered a workshop-course on "Thin film acoustofluidics and lab-on-chip".

Our 4th SIG meeting was a satalite meeting to CBMS Acoustfluidics Conference 29th-31st August 2018 Lille, France. About 15-18 UK researchers attended the conference.

The 2-page abstract for all the papers can be downlaoded from:

Our 3rd SIG meeting Acoustofluidic Forum and Olympics, Northumbria University,  Newcastle, UK. 26th-27th April 2018

Our 2nd SIG meeting Anglo French Physical Acoustics Conference, Session 1Selsdon Park Hotel, Surrey, UK  17th-19th January 2018


    Our 1st SIG meeting Acoustofluidics Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK 26th May 2017

Acoustofluidic Web-Pages

A version of this page which indicates the focus areas for each page / group can be downloaded here

Acoustofluidics, Companies

  1. Wash, trap, separate cells (Acousort AB, Sweden)
  2. Fusion of acoustics and microfluidics (Ascent Bio Nano, Tony Jun Huang, USA)
  3. SAW Generator (BelektroniG GmbH, Germany)
  4. Acoustic spectrometer (Dispersion Technology Inc, USA)
  5. Ultrasonic filters (FloDesign Sonics, USA) a How it works  b. Demo reel
  6. Acoustic (cell) processor (LabXero, UK)
  7. Impedance Analyser (SinePhase, Felix Trampler, Austria)
  8. Megasonic Silicon wafer cleaning (SonoSys, Frank Holsteyns, Germany)
  9. Attune Flow NxT cytometer (Thermo fisher Scientific, Greg Kaduchak, USA)   b Discovery of Acoustic Focusing & the Attune® Flow Cytometer
  10.  SonicCatch, SonicWipe, SonicAmp (UsePAT: Stefan Radel, Austria)

Acoustofluidics, The UK

  1. University of Bristol Bruce Drinkwater:      I built an acoustic levitator!  : Making liquid float on air : Acoustofluidic Olympics in Bristol
  2. University of Birmingham, Mehdi Jangi
  3. University of Exeter, Geof Nash
  4. University of Glasgow Julien ReboudJonathan Cooper,             Thomas Franke Soft matter group
  5. Heriot Watt University Marc Phillipe, Yves DesmulliezAnne Bernassau
  6. University of Leeds Chris Wood
  7. Loughborough University, Valerie J Pinfield
  8. Northumbria University, Richard Fu
  9. University of Southampton Peter Glynne JonesMartyn Hill,             Dario Carugo, Tim Leighton:  a. The extraordinary potential of bubble acoustics  b.The Acoustic bubble
  10. University of Sussex/NPL, Gianluca Memoli
  11. Some acoustic properties of cooked spaghetti  Jeremy Hawkes

Acoustofluidics, The Rest of the World

  1. University of Augsburg , Achim Wixforth
  2. University of California San Diego, MADLab Medically Advanced Devices Laboratory  a. James Friend b. SAW Microfluidics Lecture, Lorentz Center, April 2012
  3. CNRS-Universite Grenoble Alpes,  Pierre Thibault, Philippe Marmottant, Soap Film Opera Fast Acoustic Tweezers and Ultrasonic Dance of BubblesA toroidal vortex in the rotating-rod experiment
  4. CNRS- Paris Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie Théorique,  Michael Schindler
  5. CSIC, Itziar González Gómez
  6. DTU,  a. Henrik Bruus b. Diving with microparticles in acoustic fields
  7. Duke University, Acoustofluidics Lab, Tony Jun Huang, Gabriel P. Lopez  Fabrication and Operation of Acoustofluidic Devices Supporting Bulk Acoustic Standing Waves for Sheathless Focusing of Particles
  8. ETH, Jürg Dual Ultrasonic particle manipulation
  9. Institut FEMTO-ST , Jean-François Manceau
  10. Fluides Complexes et Instabiles Hydrodynamiques FCIH, Regis Wunenburger
  11. Georg-August-Universität Göttingen    Robert Mettin
  12. University of Idaho, Michael J Anderson, Acoustic Resonator Particle Separation
  13. University of Illinois Kenneth Suslick
  14. Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations Ultrasonic levitation
  15. KTH, Martin Wiklund
  16. Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille 1,    Michaël Baudoin
  17. Lund University, Acoustofluidics group, Thomas Laurell
  18. Max Plank Institute for Dynamics and self-organization, Detlef Lohse
  19. Monash University Adrian NeildMicrofluidic mixing under low frequency vibration - swirling of particle laden fluidVideo for Fig 3
  20. Polytechnique Montréal, Etienne Robert
  21. RMIT, Leslie YeoProfessor Leslie Yeo - Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) Seminar
  22. Rune Barnkob
  23. Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Ofer Manor
  24. University of Twente, Alvaro Marin
  25. USWNet:       a. Technology b. Videos
  26. Wageningen University, Karel Keesman
  27. Waseda University,  Kenji Yasuda
  28. University of Washinghton, Lawrence Crum
  29. Die ZacklPumpe   (Tip: Non-German readers use Translate page), a. Video Modellboot, b. Video Versuchsboo

Jobs in Acoustofluidics

PhD scholarship DTU Lyngby Denmark

Modeling and experimentation on polymer based systems for acoustfluidics


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