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 (University of Northumbria at Newcastle):
[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 (University of Northumbria at Newcastle)
Elijah Nazarzadeh (University of Glasgow)
Ran Tao (University of Northumbria at Newcastle)
Nicasio Geraldi (University of Northumbria at Newcastle)
Jonathan Terry (University of Edinburgh)

Future Meetings in 2019

Our 6th SIG meeting University of Glasgow will be held in March 2019, and is aiming for earlier Career Researchers (ECR) including post-docs and post-graduate students.

Sixth SIG Meeting:      10am-4.30pm, Friday 14th Mar. 2019

                                            University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK

                                            Web-link: Special Interest Group (SIG): Acoustofluidics

Meeting room:    Senate Room, Main building, Glasgow University     

The meeting will be focused on our Early Career Researcher community, 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 manipulation’, together with ‘droplets’ (inc. multiphase systems) and ‘devices’;
  • Exchange on the different routes and challenges to enable impact in research on acoustofluidics;

Proposed Agenda

10:00-10:15:    Registration (Coffee and Tea)

10:15-10:20:   Welcome and safety

10:20-11.15:    Keynote invited speaker – to be announced.

11:15-13:15:   Technical presentation session

13:15-14.15:   Lunch and poster section (with Group Photo)

14:15-15:45:   Impact presentations – translating applications

15:45-16:30:   Open discussions on opportunities and challenges in translation. 


The UKFN will provide us with limited funding, but it will be mainly used to cover refreshments and lunch, and reasonable expenses for the travel of invited speakers.  We could provide some funding for research staff/students from our SIG members to fund their travel expenses. If you need to have funding support, please contact  or in advance.

Who May Attend

All members of the SIG, Research Fellows, post-doc researchers or PhD students are invited to attend.

Confirming Attendance

For attendance, please reply to

If possible, could you also list additional people from your group who will be coming and whether Staff, PhD or Research Fellow.

We’d appreciate replies whether you can attend or not. This will help us with room sizes and catering. Please indicate any dietary matters we need to consider for lunch (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc).

Travel and Maps

 The campus is located on

University Avenue


G12 8QQ

The event will take place in the main building (, easily accessible by public transport.

If there are any problems or queries, feel free to contact Dr. Julien Reboud @


Our 7th SIG meeting + Acoustofluidic Olympics will be held in University of Bristol on 26th and 27th June 2019, and will a big event combining with UK Acoustic Newtwork SIG of NDT. This event will combine lecture, poster and mostly important event of "Olympic Demonstration".

Our 8th SIG meeting will be held in University of Durham on 16th and 18th Sept 2019, and will be comined into Intternaitonal 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.

Jobs in Acoustofluidics

From: Dr. Dario Carugo, email:

PhD position on ultrafast-imaging-of-cell-nanobubble-interactions-for-bone-repair.


From: Dr. Julien Reboud, email:; and Prof. Thomas Franke: 

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in the project EVOdrops. Vacancy E20380 

The project is part of the MSC Actions of the European Union for International Training Networks (ITN) to trains excellent students. EVOdrops is a transnational approach from microfluidics and biochemical methods towards the engineering of proteins and systems of industrial and therapeutic interest. There are 2 positions available in a collaboration between Professor Thomas Franke and Dr. Julien Reboud

International Acoustofludics related meetings

18 - 24 August.2019  Complex Motion of Fluids Summer School

26 - 28 August 2019 CBMS Acoustofluidics, University of Twente, Netherlands,

3 - 6 September 2019 International Congress on Ultrasonics (ICU),  University of Leuven, Bruges, Belgium. Two sessions on Acoustofluidics 1. PAT Acoustic Tweezers and Particle Manipulation, 2. EAM Acoustic (micro)fluidics. Session Organisers Thierry Baasch, Peter Reichert and Jürg Dual Abstract deadline 24 February

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

Past Meetings

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 more detailed version of this page can be downloaded here

Acoustofluidics, Companies

  1. Wash, trap, separate cells (Acousort AB, Sweden)
  2. SAW Generator (BelektroniG GmbH, Germany)
  3. Acoustic spectrometer (Dispersion Technology Inc, USA)
  4. Ultrasonic filters (FloDesign Sonics, USA) a How it works  b. Demo reel
  5. Acoustic (cell) processor (LabXero, UK)
  6. Impedance Analyser (SinePhase, Felix Trampler, Austria)
  7. Megasonic Silicon wafer cleaning (SonoSys, Frank Holsteyns, Germany)
  8. Attune Flow NxT cytometer (Thermo fisher Scientific, Greg Kaduchak, USA)     b.    Attune Flow cytometer focusing
  9.  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
  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. University of Twente, Alvaro Marin
  24. USWNet:       a. Technology b. Videos
  25. Wageningen University, Karel Keesman
  26. Waseda University,  Kenji Yasuda
  27. University of Washinghton, Lawrence Crum
  28. Die ZacklPumpe   (Tip: Non-German readers use Translate page), a. Video Modellboot, b. Video Versuchsboo

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