Simultaneous electroporation and dielectrophoresis in non-electrolytic micro/nano-electroporation. Academic Article uri icon


  • It was recently shown that electrolysis may play a substantial detrimental role in microfluidic electroporation. To overcome this problem, we have developed a non-electrolytic micro/nano electroporation (NEME) electrode surface, in which the metal electrodes are coated with a dielectric. A COMSOL based numerical scheme was used to simultaneously calculate the excitation frequency and dielectric material properties dependent electric field delivered across the dielectric, fluid flow, electroporation field and Clausius-Mossotti factor for yeast and E. coli cells flowing in a channel flow across a NEME surface. A two-layer model for yeast and a three-layer model for E. coli was used. The numerical analysis shows that in NEME electroporation, the electric fields could induce electroporation and dielectrophoresis simultaneously. The simultaneous occurrence of electroporation and dielectrophoresis gives rise to several interesting phenomena. For example, we found that a certain frequency exists for which an intact yeast cell is drawn to the NEME electrode, and once electroporated, the yeast cell is pushed back in the bulk fluid. The results suggest that developing electroporation technologies that combine, simultaneously, electroporation and dielectrophoresis could lead to new applications. Obviously, this is an early stage numerical study and much more theoretical and experimental research is needed.

published proceedings

  • Sci Rep

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Lyu, C., Wang, J., Powell-Palm, M., & Rubinsky, B.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Lyu, Chenang||Wang, Jianping||Powell-Palm, Matthew||Rubinsky, Boris

publication date

  • February 2018