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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

Open Access
sound waves

Acoustic levitation of large objects in air

Andrade, M. A. B., Bernassau, A., Okina, F. T. A. & Adamowski, J. C. 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
acoustic levitation
radiation pressure

Particle separation by phase modulated surface acoustic waves

Simon, G., Andrade, M. A. B., Reboud, J., Marques-Hueso, J., Desmulliez, M. P. Y., Cooper, J. M., Riehle, M. O. & Bernassau, A. 26 Oct 2017 In : Biomicrofluidics. 11, 5, 054115

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
sound waves
phase modulation

Reconfigurable particle separation by dynamic acoustic fields in microfluidic devices

Simon, G., Marques-Hueso, J., Desmulliez, M. P. Y., Bernassau, A. L., Roolvink, D., Burns, G., Cormack, P. A. G., Andrade, M. A. B., Reboud, J., Cooper, J. M. & Riehle, M. O. 2017 Proceedings of the 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration. International Institute of Acoustics and Vibrations, p. 1-7 7 p. (Proceedings of the International Congress on Sound and Vibration)

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

Open Access
stem cells
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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