Colloidal Self-Assembly of Droplets for High Density Microfluidic Micro-Reactor Arrays with High Throughput Functionality

Tech ID: 21274 / UC Case 2011-163-0

Brief Description

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine have developed a simple method for the rapid self-assembly of predictable high density droplet-reactor arrays for high throughput microfluidic applications in biology and chemistry. By controlling the ratio of the chamber height to droplet diameter, the resulting self-assembled 3D colloidal, lattice droplet pattern formations can be selectively tuned for optimal real-time and/or long-term 2D visualization and image capture of reactions occuring in the droplet micro-reactors.


Although currently used micro-well and droplet-reactor arrays provide continuous 2D image capture of a large number of reactions simultaneously, they still lack sufficient array density to achieve high throughput functionality.

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Published Application 20120184464 07/09/2012 2011-163



  • Fisher, Jeffrey S.
  • Hatch, Andrew C.
  • Lee, Abraham P.

Other Information


droplet, micro-reactor, microfluidics

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