Two-phase microfluidics in electrowetting displays and its effect on optical performance

Tao He, Mingliang Jin, Jan C.T. Eijkel, Guofu Zhou, Lingling Shui

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Abstract

Driving microfluidic flow in micropixels by electrowetting to realize light switches and displays is of both practical and fundamental significance. The electro-optical performance related to microfluidic behavior needs to be clarified to optimize device functions. In this article, the microfluidic performance in electrowetting display devices was categorized according to the oil-water interface shape and response. The oil film movement was divided into vertically "thinning" and transversally "opening," for which the "thinning" process was found the key factor determining the pixel switching speed rather than the "opening" process. Therefore, the breakup point and the oil film thickness were critical, which could be controlled by surface wettability and oil volume. We have also realized a new oil filling method with controllable dosing volume assisted by the microfluidic creation of microdroplets. This study could help quantitatively understand electrowetting display performance in both its theoretical and practical aspects.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)011908
JournalBiomicrofluidics
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

Keywords

  • EWI-27566
  • IR-103188
  • METIS-321670

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He, Tao ; Jin, Mingliang ; Eijkel, Jan C.T. ; Zhou, Guofu ; Shui, Lingling. / Two-phase microfluidics in electrowetting displays and its effect on optical performance. In: Biomicrofluidics. 2016 ; Vol. 10, No. 1. pp. 011908.
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Two-phase microfluidics in electrowetting displays and its effect on optical performance. / He, Tao; Jin, Mingliang; Eijkel, Jan C.T.; Zhou, Guofu; Shui, Lingling.

In: Biomicrofluidics, Vol. 10, No. 1, 02.2016, p. 011908.

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