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Two-dimensional flow of driven particles: a microfluidic pathway to the non-equilibrium frontier

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Abstract

We discuss the basic physics of the flow of micron-scale droplets in 2D geometry. Our focus is on the use of droplet ensembles to look into fundamental questions of non-equilibrium systems, such as the emergence of dynamic patterns and irreversibility. We review recent research in these directions, which demonstrate that 2D microfluidics is uniquely set to study complex out-of-equilibrium phenomena thanks to the simplicity of the underlying Stokes flow and the accessibility of lab-on-chip technology.

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The article was received on 24 May 2017 and first published on 04 Sep 2017


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00374A
Citation: Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017,46, 5620-5646
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    Two-dimensional flow of driven particles: a microfluidic pathway to the non-equilibrium frontier

    T. Beatus, I. Shani, R. H. Bar-Ziv and T. Tlusty, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2017, 46, 5620
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CS00374A

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