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Microfluidic crystallization

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Microfluidics offers a wide range of new tools that permit one to revisit the formation of crystals in solution and yield insights into crystallization processes. We review such recent microfluidic devices and particularly emphasize lab-on-chips dedicated to the high-throughput screening of crystallization conditions of proteins with nanolitre consumption. We also thoroughly discuss the possibilities offered by the microfluidic tools to acquire thermodynamic and kinetic data that may improve industrial processes and shed a new light on nucleation and growth mechanisms.

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The article was received on 06 May 2008, accepted on 16 Sep 2008 and first published on 24 Oct 2008

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/B807653G
Citation: Lab Chip, 2009,9, 24-34
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    Microfluidic crystallization

    J. Leng and J. Salmon, Lab Chip, 2009, 9, 24
    DOI: 10.1039/B807653G

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