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.
|United States Of America||Published Application||20120184464||07/09/2012||2011-163|
droplet, micro-reactor, microfluidics