Micro-Drops and Digital Microfluidics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780815515449, 9780815518358

Micro-Drops and Digital Microfluidics

1st Edition

Authors: Jean Berthier Jean Berthier
Hardcover ISBN: 9780815515449
eBook ISBN: 9780815518358
Imprint: William Andrew
Published Date: 5th February 2008
Page Count: 350
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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to Microtechnology: From Microflows to Microdrops
  2. Theory of Wetting
  3. The Physics of Droplets
  4. Theory of Electrowetting
  5. EWOD Microsystems
  6. Biological Applications of EWOD Microsystems
  7. Chemical Applications of EWOD Microsystems
  8. Acoustic Methods
  9. Two Phase Microflows: Microdrops in Microflows
  10. Conclusions, Trends, and Perspectives


After spending over 12 years developing new microsystems for biotechnology – especially concerned with the microfluidic aspects of these devices – Jean Berthier is considered a leading authority in the field. Now, following the success of his book, Microfluidics for Biotechnology, Dr. Berthier returns to explain how new miniaturization techniques have dramatically expanded the area of microfluidic applications and microsystems into microdrops and digital microfluidics.

Engineers interested in designing more versatile microsystems and students who seek to learn the fundamentals of microfluidics will all appreciate the wide-range of information found within Microdrops and Digital Microfluidics. The most recent developments in digital microfluidics are described in clear detail, with a specific focus on the computational, theoretical and experimental study of microdrops.

Key Features

• Over 500 equations and more than 400 illustrations.
• Authoritative reporting on the latest changes in microfluidic science, where microscopic liquid volumes are handled as ""microdrops"" and separately from ""nanodrops.""
• A methodical examination of how liquid microdrops behave in the complex geometries of modern miniaturized systems and interact with different morphological (micro-fabricated, textured) solid substrates.
• A thorough explanation of how capillary forces act on liquid interfaces in contact with micro-fabricated surfaces.
• Analysis of how droplets can be manipulated, handled, or transported using electric fields (electrowetting), acoustic actuation (surface acoustic waves), or by a carrier liquid (microflow).
• A fresh perspective on the future of microfluidics.


Engineers, scientists, and developers in biotechnology, nanotechnology, MEMS, and pharmaceuticals. This book will also be an excellent text for a Masters level course in physics and biotechnology.


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About the Authors

Jean Berthier Author

Affiliations and Expertise

CEA/LETI (Laboratory of Electronics, Technology and Information), Grenoble, France

Jean Berthier Author

Affiliations and Expertise

CEA/LETI (Laboratory of Electronics, Technology and Information), Grenoble, France