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Microfluidics and soft matter: small is useful

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We discuss in detail the content of the microfluidic toolboxes in the fields of soft condensed matter and biophysics, highlighting the similarities and differences. We present reasons for the differences and show that concepts from biophysics can be used in soft matter problems, and in particular the action of confinement. We illustrate this by showing how geometry, scaling behaviour and statistics can be exploited by combining microfluidics with model colloidal systems. We give relevant examples in each category and provide an outlook for studies beyond equilibrium.

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The article was received on 18 May 2012, accepted on 27 Jul 2012 and first published on 28 Aug 2012

Article type: Opinion
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM26157J
Citation: Soft Matter, 2012,8, 10530-10535

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    Microfluidics and soft matter: small is useful

    D. Bartolo and D. G. A. L. Aarts, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 10530
    DOI: 10.1039/C2SM26157J

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