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Microfluidic Mass-Transfer Control for the Simple Formation of Complex Multiple Emulsions

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  • Chun-Xia Zhao Dr.,

    1. Centre for Biomolecular Engineering, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD (Australia), Fax: (+61) 3346-3190
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  • Anton P. J. Middelberg Prof.

    1. Centre for Biomolecular Engineering, Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD (Australia), Fax: (+61) 3346-3190
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  • This work was funded by Australian Research Council grant DP0771910.

Abstract

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Transforming emulsions: A straightforward method for turning a single emulsion into multiple emulsions in a common T-junction microfluidic device has been achieved. Water is introduced into oil using a cosolvent; a single emulsion then forms at a T junction, which is followed by the autocatalytic formation of a multiple emulsion by cosolvent shifting into the continuous phase.

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