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Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 925–934 | Cite as

Preparation of nanoparticles by continuous-flow microfluidics

  • Andreas Jahn
  • Joseph E. Reiner
  • Wyatt N. Vreeland
  • Don L. DeVoe
  • Laurie E. Locascio
  • Michael Gaitan
FOCUS ON NANOMANUFACTURING

Abstract

We review a variety of micro- and nanoparticle formulations produced with microfluidic methods. A diverse variety of approaches to generate microscale and nanoscale particles has been reported. Here we emphasize the use of microfluidics, specifically microfluidic systems that operate in a continuous flow mode, thereby allowing continuous generation of desired particle formulations. The generation of semiconductor quantum dots, metal colloids, emulsions, and liposomes is considered. To emphasize the potential benefits of the continuous-flow microfluidic methodology for nanoparticle generation, preliminary data on the size distribution of liposomes formed using the microfluidic approach is compared to the traditional bulk alcohol injection method.

Keywords

Nanoparticles Continuous flow microfluidics Particle formation Liposomes Emulsions Metal colloids Nanomanufacturing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Jahn
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joseph E. Reiner
    • 1
  • Wyatt N. Vreeland
    • 1
  • Don L. DeVoe
    • 2
  • Laurie E. Locascio
    • 1
  • Michael Gaitan
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Standards and TechnologyGaithersburgUSA
  2. 2.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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