Electrowetting - A versatile tool for controlling microdrop generation

F. Malloggi, H. Gu, A. G. Banpurkar, S. A. Vanapalli, F. Mugele

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Abstract

Integrating insulator-covered electrodes into a microfluidic flow focusing device (FFD) we demonstrate enhanced flexibility and control of the flow of two non-miscible liquids based on electrowetting (EW). In the parameters space, determined by liquid inlet pressures, we identify a specific region where drops can only be generated and addressed via EW. In this regime we show that the size distribution and the frequency of drop generation can be controlled by the applied voltage and the width of voltage pulses. Moreover it turns out that with EW the drop size and the frequency can be tuned independently. Finally we show that the same drop generation phenomena can also be observed in the presence of surfactants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-96
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Physical Journal E
Volume26
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2008

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