Electrowetting-enhanced microfluidic device for drop generation

Hao Gu, Florent Malloggi, Siva A. Vanapalli, Frieder Mugele

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We integrated electrowetting into a microfluidic flow focusing device to study drop generation under the influence of electric fields. Using both the dispersed phase inlet pressure and the applied voltage as control parameters, we find that the range of drop sizes and the drop generation rate can be controlled in a much finer way than with hydrodynamics alone. In particular a "conical spray" regime occurring at a voltage of O(50 V) allows for continuous tuning of the (highly monodisperse) drop diameter from ≈5 to 50 μm at a fixed continuous flow rate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number183507
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - 2008


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