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One disadvantage to this approach is less control over the specific amount of reagent that is added to a passing droplet. In systems where two separate droplets are generated and then brought together, the calculation of the specific volume of added reagent is more straightforward. G. P. Lee Fig. 3 As an alternative to fusing droplets, reagent may be metered into passing droplets from several narrow side channels. Successful injection of substrate requires a careful balance of the volumetric flow rates of the continuous and dispersed phases (Reproduced with permission from Li et al.
Such technology also enhances the speed of biological and chemical assays by reducing the volumes over which processes such as heating, diffusion, and convective mixing occur. Once the droplets are generated, carefully designed droplet operations allow for the multiplexing of a large number of droplets to enable large-scale complex biological and chemical assays. In this chapter, four major unit operations in droplets are discussed: droplet fusion, droplet fission, mixing in droplets, and droplet sorting.
This group observed asymmetric splitting of droplets despite symmetric channel designs, in devices containing consecutive bifurcations. It was hypothesized that asymmetric droplet breakup was due to a high surface tension pressure relative to the pressure drop in the microchannel. They determined that asymmetric splitting in bifurcating junctions can be minimized by keeping the surface tension low, for example, by adding surfactants to the system, or increasing the flow rate through the device .