Microfluidics: A Step in the Right Direction

IME researchers have designed and fabricated a range of silicon-based microfluidic devices to generate droplets of tunable size and emulsion characteristics. By introducing different step profiles and surface characteristics into the microfluidic devices, the team seeks to understand the complex droplet formation process that plays a defining role in a variety of applications. Insights from this study would form the basis for designing microfluidic devices that could produce different types of droplets precisely and consistently every single time.