Author(s): Dendukuri D, Tsoi K, Hatton TA, Doyle PS
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Abstract The controlled synthesis of nonspherical microparticles using microfluidics processing is described. Polymer droplets, formed by shearing a photopolymer using a continuous water phase at a T-junction, were constrained to adopt nonspherical shapes by confining them using appropriate microchannel geometries. Plugs were obtained by shearing the polymer phase at low shear rates, while disks were obtained by flattening droplets using a channel of low height. The nonspherical shapes formed were permanently preserved by photopolymerizing the constrained droplets in situ using ultraviolet light. Monodisperse plugs and disks of different lengths and diameters were obtained by varying the flow rates of the two phases.
This article was published in Langmuir
and referenced in Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta