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Controllable microfluidic production of multicomponent multiple emulsions

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Abstract

A hierarchical and scalable microfluidic device constructed from a combination of three building blocks enables highly controlled generation of multicomponent multiple emulsions. The number, ratio and size of droplets, each with distinct contents being independently co-encapsulated in the same level, can be precisely controlled. The building blocks are a drop maker, a connector and a liquid extractor; combinations of these enable the scale-up of the device to create higher-order multicomponent multiple emulsions with exceptionally diverse structures. These multicomponent multiple emulsions offer a versatile and promising platform for precise encapsulation of incompatible actives or chemicals, for synergistic delivery and biochemical and chemical reactions, and for engineering multicompartment materials with controlled internal phases.

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The article was received on 23 Jan 2011, accepted on 09 Mar 2011 and first published on 01 Apr 2011


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C1LC20065H
Lab Chip, 2011,11, 1587-1592

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    Controllable microfluidic production of multicomponent multiple emulsions

    W. Wang, R. Xie, X. Ju, T. Luo, L. Liu, D. A. Weitz and L. Chu, Lab Chip, 2011, 11, 1587
    DOI: 10.1039/C1LC20065H

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