ABSTRACT: Droplet generation and transportation for biological reactions are conducted with liquid dielectrophoresis (LDEP), forming two hundred picoliter droplets and aligning them in an open environment above the micro-machined electrodes. The generation of the dielectrophoresis signals was critically examined to actuate droplets in biological solutions without excessive Joule heating. Enzymatic reactions between β-galactosidase and fluorescein di-β-D-galactopyranoside were succeeded in manipulated droplets, which was confirmed by fluorescence imaging. These results allow us to propose the integration of LDEP actuation in high throughput biomolecular assays.
ChemPhysChem 07/2012; 13(14):3308-12. · 3.41 Impact Factor