Acoustic tweezers for the life sciences.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Acoustic tweezers are a versatile set of tools that use sound waves to manipulate bioparticles ranging from nanometer-sized extracellular vesicles to millimeter-sized multicellular organisms. Over the past several decades, the capabilities of acoustic tweezers have expanded from simplistic particle trapping to precise rotation and translation of cells and organisms in three dimensions. Recent advances have led to reconfigured acoustic tweezers that are capable of separating, enriching, and patterning bioparticles in complex solutions. Here, we review the history and fundamentals of acoustic-tweezer technology and summarize recent breakthroughs.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ozcelik, A; Rufo, J; Guo, F; Gu, Y; Li, P; Lata, J; Huang, TJ

Published Date

  • December 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1021 - 1028

PubMed ID

  • 30478321

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6314293

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1548-7105

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1548-7091

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/s41592-018-0222-9


  • eng