Personal profile

Research interests

Her interests include ultrasonic sensors, ultrasonic transducers fabrication, micro-fabrication, transducer arrays, acoustofluidics, acoustic particle manipulation and piezoelectric materials.

Acoustic manipulation enable high throughput, dynamic and precise control of micro-particles such as living cells and drugs carriers. Such technology can be integrated with sensors to allow further analyses of manipulated particles. Applications of these technologies include all kind of living biological cell studies such as sorting, filtering and concentrating, and further to bio-engineering such as controlled tissue culture.


Anne L. Bernassau was born in Paris, France and earned her Ph.D. degree from the Institute of Medical Science and Technology at the University of Dundee, UK in 2009. Her PhD topic was on “Micro-engineering for high frequency ultrasound arrays”. She joined the University of Glasgow on the collaborative project “Electronic sonotweezers: particle manipulation with ultrasonic arrays” and pioneered acoustic multi-transducers manipulation for the use of bio-engineering and targeted drug delivery applications. 

After the success of sonotweezers, she secured a 4 year Lord Kelvin Adam Smith fellowship as an independent academic researcher.

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Research Output 2007 2017

Acoustic levitation of an object larger than the acoustic wavelength

Andrade, M. A. B., Okina, F. T. A., Bernassau, A. & Adamowski, J. 6 Jun 2017 In : Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 141, 6, p. 4148-4154 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

sound waves

Acoustic levitation of a large solid sphere

Andrade, M. A. B., Bernassau, A. & Adamowski, J. 25 Jul 2016 In : Applied Physics Letters. 109, 4, 044101

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


A deterministic method for particle sorting by dynamic acoustic fields

Simon, G., Andrade, M. A. B., Roolvink, D., Cormack, P., Riehle, M. O. & Bernassau, A. 3 Nov 2016 2016 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS). IEEE, 7728638. (IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium : proceedings)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Acoustic fields
Equations of motion

Contactless Acoustic Manipulation and Sorting of Particles by Dynamic Acoustic Fields

Andrade, M. A. B., Skotis, G. D., Ritchie, S., Cumming, D. R. S., Riehle, M. O. & Bernassau, A. 12 Sep 2016 In : IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control .

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Acoustic fields

Acoustic Tweezing for Patterning and Discriminating Particles

Skotis, G. D., Roberts, J. N., Cumming, D. R. S., Riehle, M. O. & Bernassau, A. 15 Aug 2015 p. 29-32 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Acoustic fields
Tissue engineering

Activities 2011 2015

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 1 Membership of Advisory Panel

Press / Media

Researchers demonstrate acoustic levitation of a large sphere

Anne Bernassau


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