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Issue 11, 2008
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The electrochemical detection of droplets in microfluidic devices

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This paper presents a new electrochemical method for the detection and characterisation of aqueous droplets in an organic carrier fluid (1,2-dichloroethane) formed in flow-focusing microfluidic devices. The devices consist of a conventional flow-focusing channel 250 μm wide and 250 μm deep cast out of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) which is sealed onto a glass substrate containing a set of microelectrodes 100 μm long. Chronoamperometric analysis of a suitable electrolyte contained in the organic phase is presented for characterising the droplet frequency and size. This chronoamperometric method is then extended to a dual working electrode approach in order to determine the velocity of the droplet. Good agreement between experimental measurements and theory was observed.

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The article was received on 09 Jun 2008, accepted on 13 Aug 2008 and first published on 19 Sep 2008

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B809744E
Citation: Lab Chip, 2008,8, 1937-1942

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    The electrochemical detection of droplets in microfluidic devices

    S. Liu, Y. Gu, R. B. Le Roux, S. M. Matthews, D. Bratton, K. Yunus, A. C. Fisher and W. T. S. Huck, Lab Chip, 2008, 8, 1937
    DOI: 10.1039/B809744E

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