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Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Electrowetting

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Continuous Electrowetting In Passivating And Non-Passivating Systems, Mehdi Khodayari Jan 2013

Continuous Electrowetting In Passivating And Non-Passivating Systems, Mehdi Khodayari

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Electrowetting is an electromechanical response that can be used to change the equilibrium

shape of droplets on a surface through the application of an electric potential. By applying this potential asymmetrically to a droplet, the droplet can be moved. Typical electrowetting devices use an electrode covered by a dielectric to reduce electrochemical interactions. Successful electrowetting requires electrodes and dielectric layers that can resist damage through many cycles of voltage.

Continuous Electrowetting (CEW) is performed on high resistivity silicon wafers. In this process, when an electric potential difference is applied between the substrate ends, the droplet on the substrate moves towards ...


Design Of Contact Line Friction Measurement Machine Apparatus, Seyed Kamran Najafi Jan 2012

Design Of Contact Line Friction Measurement Machine Apparatus, Seyed Kamran Najafi

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this project is to design and manufacture a high precision machine to directly measure the surface force of fluids. Knowing how to move droplets easier with less resistance can increase the potential of a wide range of applications and improve the performance of things such as self-assembly applications. This machine has the ability to measure forces of up to 100 N with a MEMS based sensor. The motion system on this machine moves a substrate underneath of a droplet for 100 mm and applies dragging force to the sensor. It moves with a controlled speed with high ...