In microfluidics, droplet generation is an important but very complicated topic. The goal is to create droplets of a specific size depending on the application. Droplet generation in microfluidics is based on the use of two immiscible phases. These two are:
For generating droplets, microfluidic systems generally include a microfluidic chip, a fluid handling system and tubing. You can then connect this system to a computer and a microscope to visualize the droplet formation.
By now, droplet-based microfluidic systems have found their way into laboratories. Now, it is possible to generate (monodisperse) droplets in the femto- to nanoliter scale. So, they opened up unlimited experimental possibilities. For example, digital PCR and single cell experiments where the compartmentalization and surface-to-volume ratio are important.
The graphic on the left shows you how the system in the case study is set up. To ensure optimal performance, there are some crucial information you need to consider. Learn more about how you can generate droplets with our mp6 micropump here:
Droplet generation is an important topic in medical technology. This technology is especially interesting in single cell analysis and sorting. In this video, we are able to build a small and flexible system that does not need a compressed air line like many other systems. For this, we use the mp6 micropump and a chip by our partner microfluidic ChipShop.
Check out the video and learn more about droplet generation: