The applications and use of inkjet-like microfluidic drop ejectors have grown rapidly in many fields, including biotechnology, drug discovery, combinatorial chemistry, and microfabrication. Yet to date, end users and even designers of microdrop systems for scientific applications have had no books to reference on the subject. Microdrop Generation meets the needs of all those who need to understand the physics and engineering behind microdrop technology. It also contains detailed, how-to information on the practical construction, operation, troubleshooting, and fluid formulation for microdrop ejection systems. Written by a highly experienced practitioner of the art, the book is organized as a self-contained tutorial of microdrop technology ideal for those new to the field.
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CHAPTER 1 What Can You Do With a Microdrop?
CHAPTER 2 Methods of Generating Monodisperse Microdrops
CHAPTER 3 Particle Kinetics of Ejected Microdrops
CHAPTER 4 Electric Charging of Microdrops
CHAPTER 5 Engineering Requirements for Reliable Microdrop Generation
CHAPTER 6 Troubleshooting Microdrop Ejectors
CHAPTER 7 Imaging Microdrops
CHAPTER 8 Drop Ejector Drive Electronics
CHAPTER 11 Pressure Control
CHAPTER 12 Fluid Engineering for Microdrop Ejectors
CHAPTER 13 Components of DroponDemand Ejector Fluids
CHAPTER 14 Making Jettable Suspensions of Ground Solids
Setting Up a Microdrop System ASAP
Example Inkjet Ink Formulations from Patent Literature
Ejection Tests of Biological Fluids
CHAPTER 9 Fabrication of Ejection Aperture Nozzles
CHAPTER 10 Drop Ejector Construction
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