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

Our 5th SIG meeting, focusing on simulation and theory and practise of softwares will be in Heriot-Watt Unversity in Edinbrugh on 7th Dec, 2018 (Friday).   

Fifth SIG Meeting:       10.30am-3.00pm, Friday 7th Dec  Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

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

Arriving Place:               Main Entrance of Heriot-Watt University  (Location 1 on the  Campus map)

Meeting room:    LB1 Court Meeting Room, The 2nd floor, Lord Balerno Building

                                                  (No 9 on the weblink: Campus map)               

 The aim of the meeting is for members of the SIG

  • To meet and understand each other’s interests and capabilities on theoretical and numerical modeling of Acoustofluidics;
  • To introduce, practice and exchange ideas for modeling works using commercial softwares, such as Comsol and Abacus, the open software, OpenFoam, and lattice Boltzmann methods (LBM);
  • To discuss about the funding opportunities, collaborations, student/research staff exchanges/visiting.

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 with “Attending” or “Not Attending” in the main body of the email. 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/gluten-free, etc).

Travel and Maps

 Our Edinburgh Campus is about 6 miles from the city centre. It's well served by frequent local bus services and is also easy to access by car. The easiest way to plan your journey to the campus is to use the Traveline Scotland Journey Planner, which uses up-to-date public transport timetables.

The details of the travel to the Campus and Campus map is weblink here.

The arrival place at “main reception which is marked 1 on the Campus map and the meeting room is in the same building on the left side of the reception desk.


Our 6th SIG meeting University of Glasgow in January 2019.


Our 7th SIG meeting will be in the University of Bristol in the summer of 2019.



Past Meetings

Our 4th SIG meeting is involved as a satalite meeting to CBMS Acoustfluidics Conference 29th-31st August 2018 Lille, France. We have about  15-18 UK researchers attended the conference.

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


Acoustofluidic Forum and Olympics

26th-27th April 2018 Northumbria University,  Newcastle, UK.

Anglo French Physical Acoustics Conference, Session 1

17th-19th January 2018 Selsdon Park Hotel, Surrey, UK

First meeting of SIG Acoustofluidics 

26th May 2017 Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK

International Acoustofludics related meetings

The Twenty Second International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (µTAS 2018) will be held at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center in Kaohsiung, Taiwan from 11-15 November, 2018.

Prof. Richard Fu will deliver a workshop-course on "Thin film acoustofluidics and lab-on-chip".


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

26 - 28 August 2019 Acoustofluidics University of Twente, Netherlands

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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