Acoustic particle detection (2016-17) (2016-17)

Acoustic manipulation can be used for the arrangement of biological cells and microscale objects that plays an important role in many biological and colloidal studies, such as microarrays, regenerative medicine, and tissue engineering. One of the techniques to manipulate particles is acoustic tweezing. This technology is based on acoustic standing waves. The unique advantage of multi-element acoustic tweezers is the possibility in manipulating and sensing.
The following project proposes to explore sensing and detecting particle concentrations, particle density and topography. Each particle/cell have a unique fingerprint and our prototype explores the capability of detection.
The student will investigate the detection of particles using a simulation software named COMSOL. The students will perform a series of simulation experiments:
• with different size of particles,
• with different density of particles,
and look at the acoustic wave propgartion taking place in these experiments.

The student need to be highly motivated and have a good understanding of the physics of waves. This project does not aim for publications or dissemination.

Supervisor name: 
Anne Bernassau
Supervisor and Deputy email addresses: 
a.bernassau@hw.ac.uk
Project location: 
GRID dependable on the upcoming pandemic situation for University access to the campus or keyserver for using COMSOL software