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Holographic control of droplet microfluidics
Author(s): Maria-Luisa Cordero; Daniel R. Burnham; Charles N. Baroud; David McGloin
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Paper Abstract

Droplet microfluidics is an emerging area in miniaturisation of chemical and biological assays, or "lab-on-a-chip" devices. Normally consisting of droplets flowing in rigid microfluidic channels they offer many advantages over conventional microfluidic design but lack any form of active control over the droplets. We present work, using holographic beam shaping, that allows the real time reconfigurability of microfluidic channels allowing us to redirect, slow, stop, and merge droplets with diameters of approximately 200 microns. A single beam is be sufficient to perform simple tasks on the droplets but by using holographic beam shaping we can produce multiple foci or continuous patterns of light that enable a far more versatile tool.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 August 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7038, Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation V, 70381J (29 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.794855
Show Author Affiliations
Maria-Luisa Cordero, Ecole Polytechnique (France)
Daniel R. Burnham, Univ. of St. Andrews (United Kingdom)
Charles N. Baroud, Ecole Polytechnique (France)
David McGloin, Univ. of Dundee (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7038:
Optical Trapping and Optical Micromanipulation V
Kishan Dholakia; Gabriel C. Spalding, Editor(s)

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