Focused flow droplet generator - sideconnect

SKU
FF_DROP_SIDE
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per pack of 3

Pack of 3 focused flow droplet generator chips for use in combination with our sideconnect interfacing. The chips are available with both a coated (hydrophobic) and uncoated (hydrophilic) channel surface.

Indicated reference droplet sizes are based on a reference experiment with Silicone oil 5cSt and DI water combined with 2% v/v Tween 20 or Tween 80.

Pack of 3 single nozzle side connect droplet generators with a nozzle etched on both sides, giving the following advantages:

  • Optimized nozzle geometry
  • Symmetric channels and nozzles for uniform droplet formation 
  • Droplet production stable over a broader size and frequency range
  • Smaller droplet sizes available

This microfluidic droplet generator is an excellent tool for generating highly reproducible microsized droplets with much higher precision and repeatability compared to conventional methods.

By tuning the relative viscosities, surface tension, and velocities between the dispersed and the continuous phase, droplet size and frequency can be altered. Oil-in-Water (O/W) droplets can be generated directly using the glass chips. Also, these droplet generators are suitable for coating in order to form Water-in-Oil droplets (W/O).

Further specifics:

  • Droplet size can roughly be tuned from the size of the nozzle to be doubled
  • Suitable for foam, digital PCR, single cell analysis, emulsions etc.
  • Made from high quality glass, borosilicate, suitable for most biological and chemical applications

Application examples:

Cell, DNA, bead encapsulation for

  • drug discovery
  • drug studies
  • molecular biological studies
  • immunology studies
  • evolutional studies
  • enzyme catalysis studies

Food, paints, foams

  • Bubble formation
  • Mineral Oil Emulsion Production
  • Particle production - PLGA, PEGDA, gelatine, alginate, polystyrene, agaros
  • Drug delivery - creams, aerosols

Chemical

  • Droplet based micromixing
  • Droplet based microreactions
More Information
Unit of measurementpack of 3
ApplicationDroplet generation
Interface typeSideconnect
Chip materialBorosilicate glass
Chip thickness1800µm
Channel locationTop and bottom
Number of inlets2
Number of outlets1
Icon Label Description Type Size Download
PDF DGFF.SC.10 - Drawing Drawing for 10µm sideconnect droplet generator. Items 01642 and 01365 PDF 297.8 KB Download
PDF DGFF.SC.75 - Drawing Drawing for 75µm sideconnect droplet generator. Items 01641and 01368. PDF 184.2 KB Download
PDF DGFF.SC.50 - Drawing Drawing for 50µm sideconnect droplet generator. Items 01640 and 01367. PDF 198.5 KB Download
PDF DGFF.SC.05 - Drawing Drawing for 5µm sideconnect droplet generator. Items 01653 and 01364. PDF 205.6 KB Download
pdf Surface wetting properties pdf 220.3 KB Download
pdf Flow rate instructions pdf 303.6 KB Download
pdf How to prevent clogging pdf 153 KB Download
pdf Using the right surfactants pdf 168.8 KB Download
pdf Droplet Generator Guide pdf 617 KB Download
Customer Questions
How do I clean my chips?
One simple but very effective way to clean a microchip is to flush an alkaline solution through the channels. A solution of 1 M sodium hydroxide in water works well, but a lower concentration might also be sufficient. If traces of the cleaning solution remain inside the chip after cleaning, rinse with water or ammonia. Note that caustic solutions can cause damage to e.g. the polyimide coating of fused silica capillaries. Further, plastic parts should not be exposed to alkaline solutions. To remove particulate matter from your chip, a water bath with ultrasonic agitation can be used, preferably while flushing a watery solution through the channels using a Fluidic connection kit. Glass microchips can be heated (e.g. >400° C) causing any organic material on the glass surface to degrade. Try to use lower temperatures first because burning the content could make it stick. Make sure you only heat the glass chip and not the plastic parts around it. Concentrated sulfuric acid works well ...
I need a pumping system for my setup. Which one do you recommend?
We recommend using a high precision pumping system. Regular syringe pumps often don't work very well for droplet generators. There are several high precision pumping systems on the market that work with different pumping principles. To name one, we'd like to mention that we have had positive experiences with the equipment Fluigent offers: https://www.fluigent.com/  
Which flowrates should I use?
This depends on many things. For example on the type of fluid that you are using. Check our flowrate instructions to find out how to start.
I only see streaks of fluids but no droplets. How do I get the droplets?
Decrease your flowrate. Check our flowrate instructions for a more acurate explanation.
Which surfactants should I use?
Use our surfactant guide for advice on surfactants.
How do I prevent clogging of my chips?
Have a look at our clogging prevention guide.
Should I use coated or uncoated droplet generators?
Have a look at our article about surface wetting properties.
Publication: Controlled and tunable polymer particles' production using a single microfluidic device
Amoyav, Benzion, and Ofra Benny "Controlled and tunable polymer particles’ production using a single microfluidic device." Applied Nanoscience (2018): 1-10. Abstract Microfluidics technology offers a new platform to control liquids under flow in small volumes. The advantage of using smallscale reactions for droplet generation along with the capacity to control the preparation parameters, making microfluidic chips an attractive technology for optimizing encapsulation formulations. However, one of the drawbacks in this methodology is the ability to obtain a wide range of droplet sizes, from sub-micron to microns using a single chip design. In fact, typically, droplet chips are used for micron-dimension particles, while nanoparticles’ synthesis requires complex chips design (i.e., microreactors and staggered herringbone micromixer). Here, we introduce the development of a highly...
Publication: Spatiotemporal variation of endogenous cell-generated stresses within 3D multicellular spheroids
Lucio, Adam A., et al. "Spatiotemporal variation of endogenous cell-generated stresses within 3D multicellular spheroids." Scientific reports 7.1 (2017): 12022. Abstract Multicellular spheroids serve as an excellent platform to study tissue behavior and tumor growth in a controlled, three-dimensional (3D) environment. While molecular and cellular studies have long used this platform to study cell behavior in 3D, only recently have studies using multicellular spheroids shown an important role for the mechanics of the microenvironment in a wide range of cellular processes, including during tumor progression. Despite the well-established relevance of mechanical cues to cell behavior and the numerous studies on mechanics using 2D cell culture systems, the spatial and temporal variations in endogenous cellular forces within growing multicellular aggregates remain unknown. Using cell-sized oil ...
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