Journal article
Magnetically Patterned Rolled-Up Exchange Bias Tubes: A Paternoster for Superparamagnetic Beads



Publication Details
Authors:
Ueltzhöffer, T.; Streubel, R.; Koch, I.; Holzinger, D.; Makarov, D.; Schmidt, O.; Ehresmann, A.
Publication year:
2016
Journal:
ACS Nano
Pages range:
8491-8498
Volume number:
2016
Issue number:
10
ISSN:
1936-086X
Languages:
English

Abstract


We realized a deterministic transport system for superparamagnetic microbeads through micrometer-sized tubes acting as channels. Beads are moved stepwise in a paternoster-like manner through the tube and back on top of it by weak magnetic field pulses without changing the field pulse polarity and taking advantage of the magnetic stray field emerging from the tubular structures. The microtubes are engineered by rolling up exchange bias layer systems, magnetically patterned into parallel stripe magnetic domains. In this way, the tubes possess distinct azimuthally aligned magnetic domain patterns. This transport mechanism features high step velocities and remote control of not only the direction and trajectory but also the velocity of the transport without the need of fuel or catalytic material. Therefore, this approach has the potential to impact several fields of 3D applications in biotechnology, including particle transport related phenomena in lab-on-a-chip and lab-in-a-tube devices.




Keywords
exchange bias, ion bombardment induced magnetic patterning, lab-in-a-tube, lab-on-a-chip, particle transport, rolled-up tube, superparamagnetic beads

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