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 includes 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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Future International Acoustofludics meetings
UKFN SIG Acoustofluidics Meeting
10th SIG Meeting: 9:30 am - 4.00 pm, Friday 16th June 2023
Organised at Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology (DIET), Malmesbury, UK
Meeting room: Roundhouse, Dyson, Malmesbury, UK
The meeting will be focused on our Acoustofluidic communities, especially Early Career Researchers around the theme of novel future applications of acoustofluidics. We will aim to:
- Explore interests and opportunities in the applications of acoustofluidics around three proposed sub-themes of ‘Cell/particle manipulation and principles’, ‘droplets, surfaces and transportations’; and ‘Tissue engineering and biomedicine”.
- Explore the potential application of acousofluidics in wearable sensors and lab-on-chip applications;
- Exchange on the different routes and challenges to enable impact in research on acoustofluidics.
9:15-9:45 Registration (Coffee, Tea, and Pastry)
9:45-10:00 Welcome and safety
10:00-10:45 Invited Keynote speaker: Professor Bruce Drinkwater, University of Bristol,
Title: “Twisted sound – trapping, moving and rotating objects with acoustic vortices”
10:45–11:15 Dr. Jeremy Hawkes, Acoustic Machines Limited, “Standing waves and resonances in acoustofluidics”
11:15-11:45 Dr. Chris Xin Yang, Cardiff University, “Acoustofluidic Interaction with Cells”
11:45-12:15 Dr. James Armstrong, University of Bristol, “Ultrasound patterning: from a tissue engineering perspective”
12:15-12:30 Povilas Dumcius, Cardiff University, Title: “Dual-Wave Acoustofluidic Centrifuge for Ultrafast Concentration of Nanoparticles and Extracellular Vesicles”
12:30-13:30 Lunch and networking (with Group Photo)
13:30-14:15 Invited keynote speaker: Professor Richard Fu, Northumbria University “Olympics in Acoustofluidics: higher, faster, stronger and better!”
14:15-14:30 Hui Ling Ong, Northumbria University, Title: “Integrated Surface Acoustic Waves and Efficient Acoustofluidics for active surface cleaning, active de-fogging, and icing protection on glass”
14:30-14:45 Jikai Zhang, Northumbria University, Title: “Flexible and wearable surface acoustic waves for enhanced drug transdermal delivery”
14:45-15:15 Coffee, Tea and cake
15:15-15:30 Luke Haworth, Northumbria University, Title: “Non-Newtonian Droplet Impact with and without Surface Acoustic Waves (SAW)”
15:30-15:45 Kiing Seng Wong, University of Glasgow, Title: “Surface acoustic wave nebulisation: control of the aerosol droplet size via driving parameters”
15:45-16:30 Idea sharing and discussion: The challenges in the industrial application of acoustofluidics.
16:30-16:45 Future SIG meeting decision/ Thank you and goodbye.
Who May Attend
All members of the SIG, academic staff, Research Fellows, post-doc researchers or PhD students are invited.
For attendance, please reply to Mehdi.Biroun@Dyson.com.
We’d appreciate replies on whether you can attend or not. Please indicate any dietary matters we need to consider for lunch (vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free, etc). This will help us with room sizes and catering.
Travel and Maps
Here are some options for travellers to consider:
By Air: The nearest international airport to the Dyson Institute of Engineering is Bristol Airport (BRS), approximately 30 miles away. From Bristol Airport, travellers can take a taxi or hire a car to reach the institute.
By Train: The Dyson Institute of Engineering is located approximately 8 miles from Chippenham Railway Station, the nearest railway station. To facilitate transportation, we have organised a shuttle bus service to transport individuals to and from Chippenham train station. The bus will be available at the train station at 8:12 am and will return to the train station by 6:00 pm. It is important to note that the bus cannot wait as it is a Dyson bus service and must adhere to a punctual schedule.
By Car: Travelers coming by car can use this pinpoint on the map. On arrival, please take the visiting route and park in the parking area. The roundhouse should be easily identifiable.
If you have any problems or queries, please get in touch with Dr Mehdi Biroun at Mehdi.Biroun@Dyson.com
16-18 August 2023
St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Mark Meacham, Washington University in St. Louis, USA
Glauber T. Silva, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, BRAZIL
Wednesday, 31 May 2023
Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor & Actuator Symposium 2023
SAW Symposium 2023 takes place in Dresden September 21-22, directly at the heart of the city, at Hyperion Hotel Dresden am Schloss https://www.saw-symposium.com/
Abstract submission deadline
June 5, 2023
2023 ICU 2023, 15-18 August 2023 ICU Beijing
Droplet 2023, https://droplets2023.buaa.edu.cn/#/home.
Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering (NPE) International Series Forum XV
Date: January 30, 2023
Time: 12:00-13:00 UK time, and 20:00-22:00 Beijing time
Lecture title: Phonon‐Mediated Microfluidic Synthesis, Processing and Manipulation of Two‐Dimensional and Bulk Crystals
Speaker: Prof. Leslie Yeo
Address: Micro/Nanophysics Research Laboratory, School of Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University), Melbourne, Australia
Acoustofluidic Conference 2022 (Glasgow, UK)
Conference asbtract submission deadline: 31st July 2022.
Keynote talk: on 24.5. 2022, EU time 17:15pm, 16:15 pm UK time, Audimax at ETH Zürich.
Title: Dynamical Challenges: From Acoustofluidics to Gravitation
Either physically or by streaming. ( https://video.ethz.ch/live/events/live-1.html )
Can also watch it later at the following website: https://video.ethz.ch/speakers/lecture.html .
Prof. Jürg Dual, ETH Zürich, Institute of Mechanical Systems, Switzerland
NPE International Forum Series:
Sponsored by “Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering” (NPE), AIP Publishing, Tianjin University, China, and Northumbria University, UK
Date: Feb 23rd 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: 20:00-22:00 China time (12:00-14:00 UK time, 7:00-9:00 am EST time)
Meeting ID: 833 2111 4853 Password: 672049
Title: Probing the multi-scale mechanics and mechanical heterogeneity of a living cell using atomic force microscopy
Speaker: Prof. Dongshi Guan
Address: The State Key Laboratory of Nonlinear Mechanics, Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
Title: Nonlinear Phenomena in Electrokinetic Microfluidics
Speaker: Xiangchun Xuan
Address: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0921, United States
Date: March 3rd 2022 (Thursday)
Time: 12:00 UK time (20:00 PM China time)
Meeting ID: 865 4609 4627
Title: Acoustic microfluidics for biomedical applications
Speaker: Prof. Long Meng
Address: Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Bimonthly Acoustofluidics Webinar Series
Bimonthly Acoustofluidics Webinar Series and other things related to the acoustofluidic community -starting May 2021 at the Acoustofluidics Discord Server
Dates of Event: 8th September 2021 – 10th September 2021
Last Booking Date for this Event: 6th September 2021
Description: The UK Fluids Conference aims to bring together all those involved in fluid mechanics research in the UK. PhD students and post-doctoral researchers are encouraged to attend as well as established researchers. There will be a lively programme of invited and contributed talks, and poster sessions, to foster communication amongst the community.
2021 SAW Sensor & Actuator Symposium 2021 in Dresden
The international 'Surface Acoustic Wave Sensor & Actuator Symposium - SAW Symposium 2021' is a hybrid conference and will be held simultaneously at the Bilderberg Bellevue Hotel Dresden and online on October 14 and 15, 2021. The biennial symposium is dedicated to future SAW technology and related materials and is co-organized by SAWLab Saxony and Silicon Saxony.
The Dresden SAW Symposium brings together partners from science and industry to create a platform for sharing ideas and inspiration for innovative applications. Special topics are SAW-based sensors and actuators, which are key components for the modern industrial society, especially for Industry 4.0 and Smart Home.
Cutting edge SAW Research and Industry together in one place: www.saw-symposium.com
Sponsored by “Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering” “NPE”, AIP Publishing, Tianjin University, China, and Northumbria University, UK
Date: Dec 2nd 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 13:00 pm UK time (9:00 pm China time)
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Meeting ID: 864 1264 9086 Password: 391127
KouShare Live Broadcasting: https://www.koushare.com/lives/room/en/342754
Forum Chair: Prof. Richard Fu, Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK.
Title: Acoustofluidics: merging acoustics and fluid mechanics for biomedical applications
Speaker:Tony Jun Huang
William Bevan Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
Group Website: https://acoustofluidics.pratt.duke.edu/
The 5th International Conference on Droplets will be organized by Profs. Peter Stephan, Tatiana Gambaryan-Roisman, Hans-Jürgen Butt, Steffen Hardt and Dieter Bothe in Darmstadt in 16th-18th August 2021.
2021-CBMS Acoustofluidics 2021, Virtual conference 26-27 August 2021.
The abstract submission deadline for Acoustofluidics Conference 2021 is on 30th June 2021. Pls encourage your group members to submit the abstract.
Acoustofluidics 2021 - 26-27 August 2021 - Virtual Conference:
Abstract deadline 30th June 2021
Download the program
Jan 14th 2021, Invited talk from Prof. Michael Boudoin, University of Lille,
Title: "Advanced micro-manipulation with vortex-based tweezers"
14th Dec 2020, Invited talk from Dr. David Collins,The University of Melbourne, Australia.
Title: “Touching what we can’t hold: acoustic micromanipulation for accurate cell sorting and biopatterning”.
Acoustofluidics virtual conference 26th-27th August 2020
Our 9th Acoustofludics SIG Meeting was held in
Cardiff University, UK, 10am-4.30pm, Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October 2019.
The meeting focused on our Early Career Researchers community (junior academic staff, research fellows, post-doc, PhD students), around the theme of applications of acoustofluidics.
Aim: 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 was held in University of Durham on 16th and 18th Sept 2019, combined with the International Confernece of Droplets 2019. More details can be found from www.droplets2019.co.uk.
Droplets 2019 University of Durham Session- Microfluidics and Acoustofluidics — Pr Richard (Yong Qing) Fu, Pr Jon Cooper and Dr Julien Reboud
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. https://cbmsociety.org/conferences/microtas2018/. Prof. Richard Fu delivered a workshop-course on "Thin film acoustofluidics and lab-on-chip". https://cbmsociety.org/conferences/workshops-courses/
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: https://cbmsociety.org/conferences/acoustofluidics18/
Our 3rd SIG meeting Acoustofluidic Forum and Olympics, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. 26th-27th April 2018
- Information about the Acoustofluidic Olympics
- Olympics results board
- Meeting reports (with all photos inside)
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
Opportunities to submit your papers to upcoming Acoustofluidics special issues
Upcoming Special Topics From Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering
Microscale acoustofluidics and lab-on-chip
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2022CONTRIBUTE TO THIS SPECIAL TOPIC
Acoustic manipulation of fluids and microscale particles and biological cells in lab-on-a-chip systems has unlocked numerous essential functions in microfluidics, including cell sorting/patterning/stimulation, droplet manipulation, mixing, streaming, jetting/nebulization, fluid handling/mixing and enhanced chemical reactions. All those acoustofluidic operations are not only biocompatible but also quite insensitive to the fluid composition, including viscosity and electrical conductivity. Combined with their tremendous potentials in biotechnologies, the field offers a stunningly elegant analogy to quantum physics, where unseen wave-functions determine the motion of particles/cells at much larger time scale with many extraordinary phenomena. Even better, unlike its quantum analog, the acoustic waves used in acoustofluidics can be precisely characterized and controlled for various applications. However, the fast-paced development in the recent decades is not without challenges. The field progress has mainly been hindered by the lack of suitable transducers, complicated trouble-shooting due to challenging theoretical predictions and scarcity of experimental characterization methods, not to mention that the non-trivial effects of waves on cells have been grossly overlooked. This special issue will be dedicated to the recent progress at tackling these challenges and other pressing issues in the field
Special Issue: Theory and Applications of Acoustofluidics
Call for Papers Deadline January 29, 2021 https://asa.scitation.org/jas/info/specialissues/cfp_071320
Frontiers in Physics
New Trends in Acoustofluidics: Modeling, Experiments, and Applications.
Topic editors Glauber T. Silva, Ashis Sen, Michael Baudoin, J. Mark Meacham.
Deadlines Abstract 14 January 2022. Manuscript 12 March 2022https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/27905/new-trends-in-acoustofluidics-modeling-experiments-and-applications
A version of this page which indicates the focus areas for each page / group can be downloaded here
- Wash, trap, separate cells (Acousort AB, Sweden)
- Fusion of acoustics and microfluidics (Ascent Bio Nano, Tony Jun Huang, USA)
- SAW Generator (BelektroniG GmbH, Germany)
- Acoustic spectrometer (Dispersion Technology Inc, USA)
- Ultrasonic filters (FloDesign Sonics, USA) a How it works b. Demo reel
- Acoustic (cell) processor (LabXero, UK)
- Impedance Analyser (SinePhase, Felix Trampler, Austria)
- Megasonic Silicon wafer cleaning (SonoSys, Frank Holsteyns, Germany)
- Attune Flow NxT cytometer (Thermo fisher Scientific, Greg Kaduchak, USA) b Discovery of Acoustic Focusing & the Attune® Flow Cytometer
- SonicCatch, SonicWipe, SonicAmp (UsePAT: Stefan Radel, Austria)
Acoustofluidics, The UK
- University of Bristol Bruce Drinkwater: I built an acoustic levitator! : Making liquid float on air : Acoustofluidic Olympics in Bristol
- University of Birmingham, Mehdi Jangi
- University of Exeter, Geof Nash
- University of Glasgow Julien Reboud, Jonathan Cooper, Thomas Franke Soft matter group
- Heriot Watt University Marc Phillipe, Yves Desmulliez, Anne Bernassau, Baixin Chen;
- University of Leeds Chris Wood
- Loughborough University, Valerie J Pinfield
- Northumbria University, Richard Fu
- University of Southampton Peter Glynne Jones, Martyn Hill, Dario Carugo, Tim Leighton: a. The extraordinary potential of bubble acoustics b.The Acoustic bubble
- University of Sussex/NPL, Gianluca Memoli
- Some acoustic properties of cooked spaghetti Jeremy Hawkes
- Cardiff Unviersity, Chris Xin Yang
- Edinburgh University, Glen McHale.
Acoustofluidics, The Rest of the World
- University of Augsburg , Achim Wixforth
- University of California San Diego, MADLab Medically Advanced Devices Laboratory a. James Friend b. SAW Microfluidics Lecture, Lorentz Center, April 2012
- CNRS-Universite Grenoble Alpes, Pierre Thibault, Philippe Marmottant, Soap Film Opera Fast Acoustic Tweezers and Ultrasonic Dance of Bubbles, A toroidal vortex in the rotating-rod experiment
- CNRS- Paris Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie Théorique, Michael Schindler
- CSIC, Itziar González Gómez
- DTU, a. Henrik Bruus b. Diving with microparticles in acoustic fields
- 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
- ETH, Jürg Dual Ultrasonic particle manipulation
- Institut FEMTO-ST , Jean-François Manceau
- Fluides Complexes et Instabiles Hydrodynamiques FCIH, Regis Wunenburger
- Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Robert Mettin
- University of Idaho, Michael J Anderson, Acoustic Resonator Particle Separation
- University of Illinois Kenneth Suslick
- Harvard Natural Sciences Lecture Demonstrations Ultrasonic levitation
- KTH, Martin Wiklund
- Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille 1, Michaël Baudoin
- Lund University, Acoustofluidics group, Thomas Laurell
- Max Plank Institute for Dynamics and self-organization, Detlef Lohse
- Monash University Adrian Neild, Microfluidic mixing under low frequency vibration - swirling of particle laden fluid, Video for Fig 3
- Polytechnique Montréal, Etienne Robert
- RMIT, Leslie Yeo, Professor Leslie Yeo - Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) Seminar
- Rune Barnkob
- Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Ofer Manor
- University of Twente, Alvaro Marin
- USWNet: a. Technology b. Videos
- Wageningen University, Karel Keesman
- Waseda University, Kenji Yasuda
- Washington State University Philip L Marston
- Washington University in St Louis, J Mark Meacham
- University of Washinghton, Lawrence Crum
- Die ZacklPumpe (Tip: Non-German readers use Translate page), a. Video Modellboot, b. Video Versuchsboo
- Université de Franche Comté, Jean-Francois Manceau. https://teams.femto-st.fr//BioMicroDevices/acoustophoresis
Jobs in Acoustofluidics
Subject: Post-doc Research Assistant
From: Jon Cooper, University of Glasgow, 12/05/22
Topic: Acoustofluidics and biosensing. The post will contribute to a project that will integrate biosensing systems into a nebuliser platform for delivering drugs to the lungs. This work will involve a close collaboration with both Nebu~Flow, (https://nebuflow.com) and Devices for Dignity (https://devicesfordignity.org.uk/). Through this project, we aim to help more than 200 million people who are suffering from respiratory disorders.
Closing date: 02nd June 2022
Job Description for Scientist Role Job Purpose
With a vision to transform respiratory drug delivery, Nebu~Flow is developing the next generation of nebulisers for efficient respiratory drug delivery of next generation of drugs. We aim to help more than 200 million people who are suffering from respiratory disorders.
This post will make a leading contribution to development of our core technology and our next generation of products. Salary: Competitive Location: Glasgow
Background: We have demonstrated that sound waves propagating on surfaces can be manipulated to enable controlled nebulisation of a liquid present on the surface and produce aerosols with the correct dimensions for effective pulmonary drug delivery. Nebu~Flow has received a number of awards including the Scottish Edge Higgs Award and Lee Lucas award from Institute of Physics. This position aims to develop the nebuliser device especially focused on the microfluidics and fluid dynamics. The post holder will contribute to the development and testing of the nebuliser device.
It is anticipated that the applicant will have a background (minimum MSc) in the field of acoustics, fluid dynamics or (bio)engineering with previous experience in medical devices (desirable). It is essential that you have relevant experience of working in the field of acoustics or piezoelectric materials while experience in surface acoustic waves and acoustofluidics is desirable. You will have the ability to understand the requirements of our end-users and be able to propose solutions that will achieve their goals. It would also be preferable if you enjoy achieving challenging technical goals within tight deadlines, whilst maintaining a thorough attention to detail. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to work with a team of engineers/scientists from different backgrounds to develop prototypes and the final product.
Your remit will include: • Design and validate acoustic components and generate appropriate documentation. • Design and prototype devices and ensure designs conform to required regulations. • Maintain documentation for production of components (schematics, datasheets, 3D Models) • Experience of work in wet laboratory environment • Communicate with other team members to build and validate devices • Experience in development and validation of microfluidic systems is desirable • Experience of work in cleanroom and microfabrication is desirable • Experience of working in ISO13485 environment is desirable • Experience of aerosol characterisation (laser diffraction and cascade impactor) is desirable • Knowledge of acoustics/ultrasound waves is desirable Skills Technical: • Theoretical and practical knowledge in related fields including acoustics, physics, engineering or materials • Experience with working in research and development field • Experience with industrial / commercial development of medical devices is desirable Software: • 3D CAD skills, able to generate 3D Models of devices (Solidworks, Autodesk Fusion 360 or similar) is desirable • Experience with simulation and programming is desirable This position offers a fantastic opportunity to further develop your skills whilst working with the latest technologies. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or disability.
To apply for this role, please submit your CV and covering letter, outlining how you meet the essential skills for the position, to firstname.lastname@example.org by 28th February 2022.
This is a new space for to advertise and make others aware of funding which could be used to develop Acoustofluidics. If you are starting a project this space can also be used to advertise for collaborators.
Worldwide funding oportunities and collaborations can be advertised here but, if it they are limited one region please make this clear.
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