We actuate with light & magnets, we fold & unfold DNA, we cell-free express proteins, we play with drops, marbles & interfaces, we organize particles, we harness coffee rings.

Our new paramagnetofluidic method published as VIP in Angewandte!

11 December 2017. Our manuscript entitled "Magnetic Actuation of Drops and Liquid Marbles Using a Deformable Paramagnetic Liquid Substrate" has been accepted for publication in Angewandte as a Very Important Paper.


The magnetic actuation of deposited drops has mainly relied on volume forces exerted on the liquid to be transported, which is poorly efficient with conventional diamagnetic liquids such as water and oil, unless magnetosensitive particles are added. Herein, we describe a new and additive-free way to magnetically control the motion of discrete liquid entities. Our strategy consists of using a paramagnetic liquid as a deformable substrate to direct, using a magnet, the motion of various floating liquid entities, ranging from naked drops to liquid marbles. A broad variety of liquids, including diamagnetic (water, oil) and nonmagnetic ones, can be efficiently transported using the moderate magnetic field (ca. 50 mT) produced by a small permanent magnet. Complex trajectories can be achieved in a reliable manner and multiplexing potential is demonstrated through on-demand drop fusion. Our paramagnetofluidic method advantageously works without any complex equipment or electric power, in phase with the necessary development of robust and low-cost analytical and diagnostic fluidic devices.


Magnetic Actuation of Drops and Liquid Marbles Using a Deformable Paramagnetic Liquid Substrate
Jacopo Vialetto, Masayuki Hayakawa, Nikita Kavokine, Masahiro Takinoue, Subramanyan Namboodiri Varanakkottu, Sergii Rudiuk, Manos Anyfantakis, Mathieu Morel, Damien Baigl*
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 16565 –16570.
  -doi : 10.1002/anie.201710668