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1. (WO2001005514) TRAVELLING WAVE DIELECTROPHORETIC APPARATUS AND METHOD

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/005514    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2000/002804
Publication Date: Fri Jan 26 00:59:59 CET 2001 International Filing Date: Fri Jul 21 01:59:59 CEST 2000
IPC: B03C 5/02
G01N 15/02
G01N 15/10
Applicants: UNIVERSITY OF WALES, BANGOR
LOCK, Gary, Michael
PETHIG, Ronald
Inventors: LOCK, Gary, Michael
PETHIG, Ronald
Title: TRAVELLING WAVE DIELECTROPHORETIC APPARATUS AND METHOD
Abstract:
A method of travelling wave dielectrophoresis applicable to a suspension of particles in which a first signal at a first frequency and a plurality of different phases is applied to generate a TWD force, and simultaneously a second signal is applied at a second frequency which alters the real or the imaginary part of the dielectrophoretic force on the particles at the first frequency. The second signal essentially alters the levitation height of the particles above the electrode plane, and in doing so changes the range of frequencies over which travelling wave dielectrophoresis occurs. This can be used as a method to replace electrorotation as a means for characterising the dielectric properties of a particle. When there are two types of particle present, the speed of particle travel may be varied so that one type travels and the other does not, or the types travel at different speeds or in opposite directions to assist particle separation.