Air-bubble-triggered drop formation in microfluidics

Lab Chip. 2011 May 21;11(10):1713-6. doi: 10.1039/c1lc20108e. Epub 2011 Mar 29.


In microfluidic devices, droplets are normally formed using T-junction or flow focus mechanisms. While both afford a high degree of control over drop formation, they are limited in maximum production rate by the jetting transition. Here, we introduce a new drop formation mechanism that is not limited by jetting, allowing much faster drop production.