Understanding the fluid dynamics around a particle in suspension is important for a complete investigation of many hydrodynamic phenomena, including microfluidic models. A novel tool that has been used to analyze fluid velocity fields in microfluidics is micro-resolution particle image velocimetry (μPIV) [1]. Dielectrophoresis (DEP) is a technique that can translate and trap particles by induced polarization in the presence of nonuniform electric fields. In this paper, DEP has been used to capture and suspend a single 10.1μm diameter spherical particle in a microfluidic channel. μPIV is then used with smaller tracer particles (0.5μm) to investigate the hydrodynamics of fluid flow past the trapped particle.

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