Multiphase flow in microfluidic systems - Control and applications of droplets and interfaces

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    Abstract

    Micro- and nanotechnology can provide us with many tools for the production, study and detection of colloidal and interfacial systems. In multiphase flow in micro- and nanochannels several immiscible fluids will be separated from each other by flexible fluidic interfaces. The multiphase coexistence and the small-volume confinement provide many attractive characteristics. Multiphase flow in microfluidic systems shows a complicated behavior but has many practical uses compared to a single-phase flow. In this paper, we discuss the methods of controlling multiphase flow to generate either micro- or nano-droplets (or bubbles) or stable stratified interfaces between fluidic phases. Furthermore, applications of the droplets and interfaces in microchannels are summarized.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)35-49
    Number of pages15
    JournalAdvances in colloid and interface science
    Volume133
    Issue numberLNCS4549/1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2007

    Keywords

    • IR-60214
    • METIS-242026
    • EWI-11307

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