The field of microfluidics can be defined as the study of the behaviour and manipulation of fluids geometrically confined in artificial microsystems, with typical lengthscales ranging from 1 μm to 1 mm. The devices are fabricated from polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) using soft lithographic techniques in our clean room.

Part of our research focuses on using microfluidic devices with microsyringe pumps to create highly monodisperse Pickering emulsions. We also use microfluidic devices to study the confinement effects on colloids, such as the fd virus.

Further Reading:

  • Dammone, O. J., Zacharoudiou, I., Dullens, R. P. a., Yeomans, J. M., Lettinga, M. P., & Aarts, D. G. a. L. (2012). Confinement Induced Splay-to-Bend Transition of Colloidal Rods. Physical Review Letters, 109(10), 108303. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.108303
  • Bartolo, D., & Aarts, D. G. a. L. (2012). Microfluidics and soft matter: small is useful. Soft Matter,8(41), 10530. doi:10.1039/c2sm26157j
  • ​Stone, H. a., a.D. Stroock, & Ajdari, a. (2004). Engineering Flows in Small Devices. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 36(1), 381–411. doi:10.1146/annurev.fluid.36.050802.122124
  • Anna, S., Bontoux, N., & Stone, H. (2003). Formation of dispersions using “flow focusing” inmicrochannels. Applied Physics Letters, 82(3), 364. doi:10.1063/1.1537519
  • Mcdonald, J., Duffy, D., Anderson, J., & Chiu, D. (2000). Fabrication of microfluidic systems in poly(dimethylsiloxane). Electrophoresis, 21, 27–40.