Simple and inexpensive microfluidic devices for the generation of monodisperse multiple emulsions
KAUST DepartmentPhysical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Division
Clean Combustion Research Center
Mechanical Engineering Program
High-Speed Fluids Imaging Laboratory
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AbstractDroplet-based microfluidic devices have become a preferred versatile platform for various fields in physics, chemistry and biology. Polydimethylsiloxane soft lithography, the mainstay for fabricating microfluidic devices, usually requires the usage of expensive apparatus and a complex manufacturing procedure. Here, we report the design and fabrication of simple and inexpensive microfluidic devices based on microscope glass slides and pulled glass capillaries, for generating monodisperse multiple emulsions. The advantages of our method lie in a simple manufacturing procedure, inexpensive processing equipment and flexibility in the surface modification of the designed microfluidic devices. Different types of devices have been designed and tested and the experimental results demonstrated their robustness for preparing monodisperse single, double, triple and multi-component emulsions. © 2014 IOP Publishing Ltd.
SponsorsEQL is grateful for a SABIC Postdoctoral Fellowship.