Microdrops and Digital Microfluidics

Microdrops and Digital Microfluidics
After spending more than 12 years developing new microsystems for biotechnology – especially dealing with the microfluidic aspects of these devices – Jean Berthier is considered a leading authority in the field. Now, following the success of his book Microfluidics for Biotechnology, Jean Berthier explains how new miniaturization techniques have dramatically expanded the area of microfluidic applications and microsystems into microdrops and digital microfluidics.

Engineers interested in designing more versatile microsystems and students who seek to learn the fundamentals of microfluidics will appreciate the wide range of information found within Microdrops and Digital Microfluidics. The most recent developments in digital microfluidics are described in clear detail, and there is a strong emphasis on the theoretical, computational and experimental study of microdrops.

  • Authoritative reporting on the latest developments in microfluidic science, where microscopic liquid volumes are handled as microdrops.
  • A methodical examination of how liquid microdrops behave in the complex geometries of modern miniaturized systems and interact with different (microfabricated, textured) solid substrates.
  • A thorough explanation of how capillary forces act on liquid interfaces in contact with microfabricated surfaces.
  • An analysis of how droplets can be manipulated, handled, or transported using electric fields (electrowetting), acoustic actuation (surface acoustic waves), or by a carrier liquid (droplet microfluidics).
  • Over 500 equations and more than 400 illustrations.
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