Droplet-based microfluidic systems have found their way into laboratories as it is possible to generate (monodisperse) droplets in the femto- to nanoliter scale. So, they opened up unlimited experimental possibilities like digital PCR and single cell experiments where the compartmentalization and surface-to-volume ratio are important.
Droplet generation in microfluidics is based on the use of two immiscible phases that are referred to as the continuous phase (oil, medium in which droplets flow) and dispersed phase (water, the droplet). For generating droplets, microfluidic systems generally include a microfluidic chip, a fluid handling system and tubing. This system is usually connected to a computer and a microscope to visualize droplet formation.
Our case study gives you an in-depth view into the workings of this great use for microfluidics. Learn more about how you can generate droplets with our mp6 micropump here:
Droplet generation is an important topic in medical technology, e.g. with single cell analysis and sorting. Using the mp6 micropump and a chip by our partner microfluidic ChipShop, we are able to build a small and flexible system that does not need a compressed air line like many other systems.
Check out the video and learn more about droplet generation: