Droplet-Based Microfluidics

  • Sanjiv SharmaEmail author
  • Monpichar Srisa-Art
  • Steven Scott
  • Amit Asthana
  • Anthony Cass
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 949)


Droplet-based microfluidics or digital microfluidics is a subclass of microfluidic devices, wherein droplets are generated using active or passive methods. The active method for generation of droplets involves the use of an external factor such as an electric field for droplet generation. Two techniques that fall in this category are dielectrophoresis (DEP) and electrowetting on dielectric (EWOD). In passive methods, the droplet generation depends on the geometry and dimensions of the device. T-junction and flow focusing methods are examples of passive methods used for generation of droplets. In this chapter the methods used for droplet generation, mixing of contents of droplets, and the manipulation of droplets are described in brief. A review of the applications of digital microfluidics with emphasis on the last decade is presented.

Key words

Digital microfluidics Droplet microfluidics Electrowetting Dielectrophoresis Applications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sanjiv Sharma
    • 1
    Email author
  • Monpichar Srisa-Art
    • 2
  • Steven Scott
    • 1
  • Amit Asthana
    • 3
  • Anthony Cass
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biomedical Engineering & Department of ChemistryImperial CollegeLondonUK
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand
  3. 3.Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Council of Scientific and Industrial ResearchHyderabadIndia

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