Foresti, Daniele, Dr.
Dr. Daniele Foresti
Laboratory of Thermodynamics in Emerging Technologies
ML J 19
Phone: +41 44 632 69 13
Fax: +41 44 632 11 76
Moving with sound: contactless handling of particles and droplets in air by acoustic levitation
- D. Foresti and D. Poulikakos. Acoustophoretic contactless elevation, orbital transport, and spinning of matter in air. Physical Review Letters, 112, 024301 (2014).
- D. Foresti, G. Sambatakakis, S. Bottan and D. Poulikakos. Morphing surfaces enable acoustophoretic contactless transport of ultrahigh-density matter in air. Scientific Reports, 3, 3176 (2013) doi:10.1038/srep03176.
- D. Foresti, M. Nabavi, M. Klingauf, A. Ferrari and D. Poulikakos. Acoustophoretic contactless transport and handling of matter in air. PNAS, (2013) DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1301860110.
- D. Foresti, M. Nabavi and D. Poulikakos. On the acoustic levitation stability behaviour of spherical and ellipsoidal particles. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, available on CJO (2012). DOI: 10.1017/jfm.2012.350
- D. Foresti, M. Nabavi, and D. Poulikakos. Contactless transport of matter in the first five resonance modes of a line-focused acoustic manipulator. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131, 1029-1038 (2012).
- D. Foresti, N. Bjelobrk, M. Nabavi, and D. Poulikakos. Investigation of a line-focused acoustic levitation for contactless transport of particles. Journal of Applied Physics 109, 093503 (2011).
- D. Foresti, N. Bjelobrk, M. Dorrestijn, M. Nabavi, and D. Poulikakos. Contactless transport of acoustically levitated particles. Applied Physics Letters 97, 161904 (2010).
- D. Foresti, Majid Nabavi , Mirko Klingauf , Aldo Ferrari , Dimos Poulikakos. Acoustophoretic contactless transport and handling of matter in air, 66th Annual DFD Meeting of the American Physical Society, Pittsburgh, PA, November 2013
- D. Foresti and D. Poulikakos, "Acoustophoretic Contactless Transport and Handling of Matter in Air", patent pending
Daniele Foresti (in the picture, in one of his common, but not always fruitful, introspective moments) was born in February 1984 in Rome, Italy. He started his studies in Computer Engineering, with a Bachelor thesis in nonlinear optics (Ultrafast photonics Laboratory, Università Sapienza di Roma). He switched later to a Master in Energy Engineering. His master thesis (in collaboration with the Energy and Process Department of NTNU, Norway) targeted the preliminary design and CFD validation of a Ultra Micro Gas Turbine (UMGT). His interest for physics brought him to work in CERN for an internship during the summer of the 2008. The experience convinced him that Switzerland was the right place for his PhD. And yes, eventually, he received it.
Honors and awards
Media highlights (a selection)
- The Washington Post (US), Sound waves can be used to levitate and move objects, study says.
- NBC (US), Engineers juggle objects with levitating sound waves.
- Science (US), A Momentous Shift for Sonic Levitation.
- Nature (UK), Sound waves levitate and move objects.
- SINC (Spain), El sonido hace bailar a las gotas en el aire.
- ANSA (Italy), Vinta la gravità con il suono.
- BBC News (UK), Acoustic levitation: Chemical reaction lifted by sound.
- National Geographic (US), Engineers manipulate sound frequencies to control particle movement.
- New Scientist (US), Sound waves levitate and mix floating drops of liquid.
- The Times of India (India), Scientists use sound waves to keep objects afloat and move around in air.
- SourceFed (US), Levitation with Sound Waves!!!.
- Spiegel (Germany), Levitation: Objekte schweben auf Schallwellen.
- Tages Anzeiger (CH), So bringt die ETH Objekte zum Schweben.
- Neue Zuercher Zeitung (CH), Ein Förderband aus Schall.
- The Christian Science Monitor (US), Scientists use sound waves to levitate, manipulate matter.
- TA: Thermodynamik II - Spring semester 2011, D-MAVT
- TA: Thermodynamik I - Autumn semester 2010, D-MAVT
- TA: Thermodynamik II - Spring semester 2010, D-MAVT
- TA: Thermodynamik I - Autumn semester 2009, D-MAVT