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A Millifluidic Approach for Continuous Generation of Liquid Marbles

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We introduce a millifluidic approach to continuously generate and collect macroscopic liquid-in-gas droplets by adapting an assembly automation machine called vibration bowl feeder. The approach demonstrates the possibility to continuously generate liquid marbles, which are liquid droplets coated with a layer of hydrophobic particles. The maximum fabrication rate is over 200 marbles per minute. The effects of different operating parameters such as vibration amplitude, hydrophobic powders, and viscosity of liquid on the properties of the resultant liquid marbles are investigated. The technique is general for all macroscopic liquid-in-gas droplet generation and represents a novel approach for efficient liquid dispensing and subsequent storage.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2013

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  • Journal of Colloid Science and Biotechnology is an international multidisciplinary peer- reviewed journal covering all aspects of colloid science including colloids preparation, characterization, structure-property relationships, spectroscopy, chemical and physical properties and applications of colloids in biotechnology, medicine and pharmaceuticals. This journal deals with interdisciplinary research areas of chemistry, physics, biology, materials science, polymer science, nanotechnology covering all topics related to colloids such as latexes, emulsions, suspensions, micellar systems, gels, composites, hybrids, surfactants, aerosols, foams, minerals, soft matter, microfluidics, encapsulation processes of active molecules, biomolecules, surfacial and interfacial processes, catalysis, electrochemistry, theoretical aspects, computer simulations and colloids in biotechnology and medicine.
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