FEIT Research Project Database

Acoustic engineering: microfabrication of acoustic waveguides for non-contact microscale assembly

Project Leader: David Collins
Primary Contact: David Collins (david.collins@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: aeroacoustics; biofabrication; finite element modelling; micro-fluidics; ultrasonics
Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering,Electrical & Electronic Engineering,Mechanical Engineering

How do we move things that are too small to hold? Tweezers are great, but what if what we want to manipulate is smaller still? Instead of mechanical tweezers, ones composed of acoustic force fields present a promising alternative since their dimensions can be scaled abritrarily and they can manipulate hundreds or thousands of objects simultaneously.

Being able to manipulate objects at the microscale has wide-ranging applications, including the development of next-generation pick-and-place manufacturing and 3D printing.

This project is to design and fabricate microscale waveguide systems to create defined acoustic fields.

Potential students with an interest in microfabrication, cleanroom processing, analytical modelling and/or simulation are encouraged to contact Dr David Collins.

Dr Collins is a Lecturer in the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, and is the primary supervisor for this project. Successful PhD applicants will be co-supervised by a second supervisor within the Melbourne School of Engineering, to be decided in consultation with the student.

Further information: www.davidjohncollins.com