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Zahra Barikbin, Md. Taifur Rahman and Saif A. Khan Fireflies-On-A-Chip: (Ionic Liquid)–Aqueous Microdroplets for Biphasic Chemical Analysis Small 8

Article first published online: 19 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201102748

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Inspired by the enchanting bioluminescence of fireflies, herein microfluidic droplet-based ‘fireflies’ for non-invasive biphasic chemical analysis are demonstrated. Bicompartmental droplets are created where a model analyte is transported from the aqueous compartment to the adjacent ionic liquid segment, yielding a bright fluid firefly structure via a localized catalytic reaction. Analysis of fluorescence emission kinetics and a method to passively decouple the two compartments at a constriction are presented.

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