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Modeling and simulation of electrostatically gated nanochannels
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Micro and Nanosystems.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9177-1174
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Micro and Nanosystems.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8248-6670
2013 (English)In: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, ISSN 0001-8686, E-ISSN 1873-3727, Vol. 199, 78-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Today, despite the growing interest in nanofluidics, the descriptions of the many complex physical phenomena occurring at this scale remain scattered in the literature. Due to the additional complexity encountered when considering electrostatic nanofluidic gating, it is important to regroup several relevant theories and discuss them with regard to this application. In this work, we present a theoretical study of electrostatically gated phenomena and propose a model for the electrostatic gating of ion and molecular transport in nanochannels. In addition to the classical electrokinetic equations, that are reviewed in this work, several relevant phenomena are considered and combined to describe gating effects on nanofluidic properties more accurately. Dynamic surface charging is accounted for and is shown to be an essential element for electrostatic gating. The autoprotolysis of water is also considered to allow for accurate computing of the surface charge. Modifications of the Nernst-Planck equations are considered for more accurate computing of the concentration profiles at higher surface potentials by accounting for ion crowding near charge walls. The sensitivity of several parameters to the electric field and ion crowding is also studied. Each of these models is described separately before their implementation in a finite element model. The model is verified against previous experimental work. Finally, the model is used to simulate the tuning of the ionic current through the nanochannel via electrostatic gating. The influence of the additional models on these results is discussed. Guidelines for potentially better gating efficiencies are finally proposed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 199, 78-94 p.
Keyword [en]
Nanofluidics, electrostatic gating, nanofluidic transistor, model, nanochannel, microfluidics
National Category
Nano Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-124238DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2013.06.006ISI: 000326486700007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84885320538OAI: diva2:634288
Swedish Research Council

QC 20131129

Available from: 2013-06-29 Created: 2013-06-27 Last updated: 2015-02-06Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. From Macro to Nano: Electrokinetic Transport and Surface Control
Open this publication in new window or tab >>From Macro to Nano: Electrokinetic Transport and Surface Control
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today, the growing and aging population, and the rise of new global threats on human health puts an increasing demand on the healthcare system and calls for preventive actions. To make existing medical treatments more efficient and widely accessible and to prevent the emergence of new threats such as drug-resistant bacteria, improved diagnostic technologies are needed. Potential solutions to address these medical challenges could come from the development of novel lab-on-chip (LoC) for point-of-care (PoC) diagnostics.

At the same time, the increasing demand for sustainable energy calls for the development of novel approaches for energy conversion and storage systems (ECS), to which micro- and nanotechnologies could also contribute.

This thesis has for objective to contribute to these developments and presents the results of interdisciplinary research at the crossing of three disciplines of physics and engineering: electrokinetic transport in fluids, manufacturing of micro- and nanofluidic systems, and surface control and modification. By combining knowledge from each of these disciplines, novel solutions and functionalities were developed at the macro-, micro- and nanoscale, towards applications in PoC diagnostics and ECS systems.

At the macroscale, electrokinetic transport was applied to the development of a novel PoC sampler for the efficient capture of exhaled breath aerosol onto a microfluidic platform.

At the microscale, several methods for polymer micromanufacturing and surface modification were developed. Using direct photolithography in off-stoichiometry thiol-ene (OSTE) polymers, a novel manufacturing method for mold-free rapid prototyping of microfluidic devices was developed. An investigation of the photolithography of OSTE polymers revealed that a novel photopatterning mechanism arises from the off-stoichiometric polymer formulation. Using photografting on OSTE surfaces, a novel surface modification method was developed for the photopatterning of the surface energy. Finally, a novel method was developed for single-step microstructuring and micropatterning of surface energy, using a molecular self-alignment process resulting in spontaneous mimicking, in the replica, of the surface energy of the mold.

At the nanoscale, several solutions for the study of electrokinetic transport toward selective biofiltration and energy conversion were developed. A novel, comprehensive model was developed for electrostatic gating of the electrokinetic transport in nanofluidics. A novel method for the manufacturing of electrostatically-gated nanofluidic membranes was developed, using atomic layer deposition (ALD) in deep anodic alumina oxide (AAO) nanopores. Finally, a preliminary investigation of the nanopatterning of OSTE polymers was performed for the manufacturing of polymer nanofluidic devices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. xix, 113 p.
TRITA-EE, ISSN 1653-5146 ; 2014:020Theses in philosophy from the Royal Institute of Technology, ISSN 1650-8831
microsystem, nanosystem, microfluidic, nanofluidic, surface modification, surface property, electrokinetics, model, simulation, material, polymer, thiol-ene, microfabrication, nanofabrication, micromanufacturing, nanomanufacturing, breath sampling, aerosol precipitation, corona discharge, electrostatic precipitation, grafting chemistry, click chemistry, nanopore, nanoporous membrane, photolithography, photopatterning, photografting, microfluidics, nanofluidics, oste, OSTE+, OSTEmer, lab-on-chip, loc, point-of-care, poc, biocompatibility, diagnostics, breath analysis, fuel cell
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Nano Technology Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering Textile, Rubber and Polymeric Materials Other Medical Engineering Polymer Technologies
Research subject
Electrical Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Physics; Medical Technology
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144994 (URN)978-91-7595-119-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-05-23, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
Swedish Research CouncilEU, European Research Council

QC 20140509

Available from: 2014-05-09 Created: 2014-05-05 Last updated: 2014-12-04Bibliographically approved

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