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Optimization And Modeling Of An Energy Harvesting Optical Micropropeller For Microfluidic Applications, Jacqueline Elwood May 2016

Optimization And Modeling Of An Energy Harvesting Optical Micropropeller For Microfluidic Applications, Jacqueline Elwood

Nanoscale Science & Engineering (discontinued with class year 2014)

The design and materials optimization of a optical micropropeller comprised of silver nanorods on a fused silica substrate was developed. A combination of surface plasmon resonance, thermophoretic and convective forces enable rotation of the micropropeller in an aqueous environment. This work aims to eliminate the dependence of optical micropropellers on the requirement for a light source by relying on a blackbody radiation energy harvesting principle. This energy harvesting principle is able to plasmonically excite noble metal nanorods of a specific aspect ratio at specific wavelengths that correspond to an ambient temperature. By investigating the dependence of the aspect ratio and ...


Optimization And Modeling Of An Energy Harvesting Optical Micropropeller For Microfluidic Applications, Jerry Shih May 2016

Optimization And Modeling Of An Energy Harvesting Optical Micropropeller For Microfluidic Applications, Jerry Shih

Nanoscale Science & Engineering (discontinued with class year 2014)

Geometry for a plasmonically active micro-propeller is designed in Matlab using a Metallic Nano-Particle Boundary Element Method (MNPBEM) toolbox in order to predict its optical response in long wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation. Electric field maps are plotted to determine the feasibility generating torque using the energy harvesting principle. Results indicate electric field lines that would promote rotation and the scattering cross section would cause nano-rods sitting on the propeller to radiate thermal energy. COMSOL modeling is performed to model the evolution natural convection currents as a result of the nano-rod heating which is then optimized to further promote rotation of ...