Microfluidic systems

Chris Abell (Inventor), Wilhelm T. S. Huck (Inventor), Daniel Bratton (Inventor), Graeme Whyte (Inventor), Luis M. Fidalgo (Inventor)

Research output: Patent


This invention relates to microfluidic systems and more particularly to methods and apparatus for accessing the contents of micro droplets (114) in an emulsion stream. A method of accessing the contents of a droplet (114) of an emulsion in a microfluidic system, the method comprising: flowing the emulsion alongside a continuous, non-emulsive stream of second fluid (118) to provide an interface (120) between said emulsion and said stream of second fluid (118); and in embodiments applying one or both of an electric (112a, 112b) and magnetic field across said interface (120) to alter a trajectory of a said droplet (114) of said emulsion to cause said droplet to coalesce with said stream of second fluid (118); and accessing said contents of said droplet (114) in said second stream (118).
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberUS8828210 B2
Publication statusPublished - 9 Sept 2014


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