Advances in Transport Phenomena 2011 by Ho Cheung Shum, Julian Thiele, Shin-Hyun Kim (auth.), Liqiu

By Ho Cheung Shum, Julian Thiele, Shin-Hyun Kim (auth.), Liqiu Wang (eds.)

This new quantity of the yearly overview “Advances in delivery Phenomena” sequence comprises 3 in-depth overview articles at the microfluidic fabrication of vesicles, the dielectrophoresis field-flow fractionation for continuous-flow separation of debris and cells in microfluidic units, and the thermodynamic research and optimization of warmth exchangers, respectively.

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Self-assembled shells composed of colloidal particles: fabrication and characterization. Langmuir 21, 2963–2970 (2005) 8. : Spontaneous formation of vesicles. Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 121, 51–75 (2006) 9. : Vesicles and liposomes: a self-assembly principle beyond lipids. Adv. Mater. 15, 1323–1333 (2003) 10. : The mechanism of vesicle formation. Biochem. J. 256, 1–11 (1988) 11. : Block copolymer vesicles—using concepts from polymer chemistry to mimic biomembranes. Polymer 46, 3540–3563 (2005) 12.

In environmental monitoring, diagnosis of N. Lewpiriyawong Á C. sg L. 1007/978-3-319-01793-8_2, Ó Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014 29 30 N. Lewpiriyawong and C. Yang water quality involves identification, separation and counting of live bacterial cells [3]. For these clinical and industrial applications, centrifugation, chromatography, flow cytometry and fluorescence/magnetic-activated cell sorters (FACS/MACS) are the leading separation and detection techniques [4]. However, these existing macro-scale techniques have the following drawbacks: (1) non-continuous separation process which leads to longer analysis time, (2) requirement of a large volume and modification of samples, and (3) the need for highly trained personnel to operate bulky and costly instruments [4–8].

Using these electroplated sidewall electrodes, the problem of rapid decay of electric fields along the channel height can be improved and the adjustment of channel height is flexible. However, these microfluidic devices are usually made from glass or silicon, and prevention of liquid leakage becomes a problem [111]. With rapid development of soft lithography, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is now widely used as a fabrication material in microfluidic devices, owing to beneficial features: ease of fabrication and bonding, optical transparency, biocompatibility, and low cost [9, 10, 116].

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