BRISTOL ACOUSTIC MANIPULATOR
ABOUT THE BAM
The Bristol Acoustic Manipulator (or BAM for short) is a new device being developed by the Ultrasonics & NDT Group at the University of Bristol. It is an all-in-one device allowing advanced acoustic manipulation of microparticles in water an accessible for those without any acoustics experience.
The BAM is also designed to be expandable to provide a convenient tool for continuous wave phased array excitation for those researchers who want to push the boundaries of acoustic manipulation without worrying about hardware development.
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Acoustic Manipulation is a powerful tool for all kinds of micro-particle manipulation. The particles can be manipulated individually using acoustic traps or formed into more complex patterns which can then themselves be manipulated.
It is particularly good for forming patterns in biological cells which can be done whilst retaining high cell viability. It can also be used to manufacture smart materials by patterning micro-particles within them. This approach is also compatible with 3D printing.
Previously acoustic manipulation has been reserved for those with specialism in the area and their collaborators, however the BAM aims to make it accessible to those who have no prior expertise in acoustics.
Luke is a Research Associate who designed and built the BAM based on his work developing new techniques for ultrasonic manipulation in both water and air as part of his PhD.
PROF. BRUCE DRINKWATER
Bruce led the Sonotweezers project which developed the first array based in-plane acoustic manipulator and has continued to collaborate with many academics to develop new applications. He has also made multiple TV appearances to promote ultrasonic manipulation.
PROFESSOR ANTHONY CROXFORD
Anthony has researched particle manipulation in a range of circumstances. He also has a strong track record of bringing technology from the lab and into industry. Most recently this was through spin-out Inductosense of which he is CSO.