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Active droplet generation in microfluidics

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The reliable generation of micron-sized droplets is an important process for various applications in droplet-based microfluidics. The generated droplets work as a self-contained reaction platform in droplet-based lab-on-a-chip systems. With the maturity of this platform technology, sophisticated and delicate control of the droplet generation process is needed to address increasingly complex applications. This review presents the state of the art of active droplet generation concepts, which are categorized according to the nature of the induced energy. At the liquid/liquid interface, an energy imbalance leads to instability and droplet breakup.

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The article was received on 24 Aug 2015, accepted on 23 Oct 2015 and first published on 27 Oct 2015

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C5LC01012H
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Citation: Lab Chip, 2016,16, 35-58

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    Active droplet generation in microfluidics

    Z. Z. Chong, S. H. Tan, A. M. Gañán-Calvo, S. B. Tor, N. H. Loh and N. Nguyen, Lab Chip, 2016, 16, 35
    DOI: 10.1039/C5LC01012H

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