A Monolithic 3D Printed Axisymmetric Co-Flow Single and Compound Emulsion Generator

Amirreza Ghaznavi, Yang Lin, Mark Douvidzon, Adam Szmelter, Alannah Rodrigues, Malik Blackman, David Eddington, Tal Carmon, Lev Deych, Lan Yang, Jie Xu

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Abstract

We report a microfluidic droplet generator which can produce single and compound droplets using a 3D axisymmetric co-flow structure. The design considered for the fabrication of the device integrated a user-friendly and cost-effective 3D printing process. To verify the performance of the device, single and compound emulsions of deionized water and mineral oil were generated and their features such as size, generation frequency, and emulsion structures were successfully character-ized. In addition, the generation of bio emulsions such as alginate and collagen aqueous droplets in mineral oil was demonstrated in this study. Overall, the monolithic 3D printed axisymmetric droplet generator could offer any user an accessible and easy-to-utilize device for the generation of single and compound emulsions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number188
JournalMicromachines
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • 3D printing
  • Compound droplets
  • Emulsion generator
  • Microfluidic device
  • Microfluidics

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