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Breakthrough device creates identical nanodroplets for research & sample archiving

Jun 21, 2016

Although not directly linked with the Microflusa project, there are some news in the Microfluidics field that are worth mentioning.


A single drop with the volume of a millionth of a litre is really not very large and certainly does not look like something you can do much with. However, a simple device, constructed at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, can split the microdroplet into a collection of equally-sized nanodroplets. Now, the chemicals or genetic material contained in a single microdroplet can be the starting point of even hundreds of experiments—or they can be archived in the form of nanodroplet libraries.


Until now, droplets produced by electronic pipettes or in sophisticated microfluidic devices differed in volume by significant percentages. Researchers at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC PAS) in Warsaw have developed a device that eliminates inaccuracies and produces droplets of virtually identical volume. In addition, they are calculated in nanolitres (billionth parts of a litre). Interestingly, the device is so simple that it can be used, for example, as the tip on a pipette. Its construction is an important step in the development of microfluidic systems, which are set to revolutionize chemistry just as integrated circuits did with electronics.


Read more at Phys.org.

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