Deterministic lateral displacement arrays have shown great promise for size-based particle analysis and purification in medicine and biology. Here, we demonstrate that the use of an array of triangular rather than circular posts significantly enhances the performance of these devices by reducing clogging, lowering hydrostatic pressure requirements, and increasing the range of displacement characteristics. Experimental data and theoretical models are presented to create a compelling argument that future designs of deterministic lateral displacement arrays should employ triangular posts. The effect of practical considerations, such as vertex rounding, post size, and shape, is also discussed.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry
- Lateral displacement
- Particle separation
- Triangular posts