Microfluidics enhanced control of the microstructure and flow of complex fluids

Oleg E. Shklyaev, Amy Q. Shen

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Abstract

Microfluidic devices enable rapid fluid transport, well-controlled flow manipulation for small sample volumes, and facilitate high shear and extension rates regimes with ease. These features are critical to the study of fast self-assembly process and interfacial dynamics of complex fluids, and have opened up many exciting possibilities in areas such as biology, physics, chemistry and their technological applications. As the dimensions of the microdevices decrease, the interaction between the intrinsic length-scales of the fluid and the microdevice emerges. In this article, we provide a review on confinement and flow induced rheological and microstructure changes for complex fluids flowing inside microfluidic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-124
Number of pages4
JournalMechanics Research Communications
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

Keywords

  • Confinement
  • Microfluidics
  • Rheology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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