Efficient encapsulation with plug-triggered drop formation
Abate, Adam R.
Weitz, David A.
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CitationAbate, Adam R., Assaf Rotem, Julian Thiele, and David A. Weitz. 2011. “Efficient Encapsulation with Plug-Triggered Drop Formation.” Physical Review E84 (3): 031502. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.84.031502.
AbstractMonodisperse microscale drops formed with microfluidic devices are useful for encapsulating cells, microgel particles, or even additional drops. These techniques are thus useful for applications ranging from high-throughput biology to monodisperse particle and capsule synthesis, which require encapsulation of such objects. However, it is challenging to efficiently encapsulate the objects in all drops; often, the objects are encapsulated inefficiently, resulting in many improperly filled, unusable drops. Here, we describe a phenomenon that allows very efficient encapsulation. We use the inflow of the object to plug the drop maker nozzle; the continued injection of the outer phase pinches off a drop, thereby encapsulating the object; this yields precisely one object encapsulated per drop.
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