Physics of multiphase microflows and microdroplets

Yonghao Zhang, Haihu Liu

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Multiphase microfluidic applications are very broad, ranging from DNA analysis such as PCR in droplets to chemical synthesis [20]. Optimal design and operation of such systems need insightful understanding of fundamental multiphase flow physics at microscale. In this chapter, we discuss some basic flow physics of multiphase microdroplets. The important dimensionless parameters relating to droplet dynamics are elaborated. We use droplet generation processes as examples to explain rich flow physics involved in microdroplet dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrodroplet Technology
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and emerging applications
EditorsPhilip Day, Andreas Manz, Yonghao Zhang
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781461432647
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NamePrinciples and Emerging Applications in Biology and Chemistry: Integrated Analytical Systems
PublisherSpringer New York
ISSN (Print)2196-4483


  • physics
  • multiphase microflows
  • microdroplets
  • emerging applications
  • biology
  • chemistry

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