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Advances in OptoElectronics
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 482483, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/482483
Review Article

Optoelectrofluidic Manipulation of Nanoparticles and Biomolecules

Department of Bio and Brain Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 291 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-701, Republic of Korea

Received 27 April 2011; Revised 27 July 2011; Accepted 28 July 2011

Academic Editor: Eric Pei Yu Chiou

Copyright © 2011 Hyundoo Hwang and Je-Kyun Park. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper presents optoelectrofluidic technologies for manipulation of nanoparticles and biomolecules. Optoelectrofluidics provides an elegant scheme for the programmable manipulation of particles or fluids in microenvironments based on optically induced electrokinetics. Recent progress on the optoelectrofluidic manipulation of nanoobjects, which include nanospheres, nanowires, nanotubes, and biomolecules, is introduced. Some potential applications of the optoelectrofluidic nanoparticle manipulation, such as nanoparticles separation, nanostructures manufacturing, molecular physics, and clinical diagnostics, and their future directions are also discussed.