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    Droplet-based microfluidics in biomedical applications

    , Article Biofabrication ; Volume 14, Issue 2 , 2022 ; 17585082 (ISSN) Amirifar, L ; Besanjideh, M ; Nasiri, R ; Shamloo, A ; Nasrollahi, F ; De Barros, N. R ; Davoodi, E ; Erdem, A ; Mahmoodi, M ; Hosseini, V ; Montazerian, H ; Jahangiry, J ; Darabi, M.A ; Haghniaz, R ; Dokmeci, M.R ; Annabi, N ; Ahadian, S ; Khademhosseini, A ; Sharif University of Technology
    IOP Publishing Ltd  2022
    Abstract
    Droplet-based microfluidic systems have been employed to manipulate discrete fluid volumes with immiscible phases. Creating the fluid droplets at microscale has led to a paradigm shift in mixing, sorting, encapsulation, sensing, and designing high throughput devices for biomedical applications. Droplet microfluidics has opened many opportunities in microparticle synthesis, molecular detection, diagnostics, drug delivery, and cell biology. In the present review, we first introduce standard methods for droplet generation (i.e. passive and active methods) and discuss the latest examples of emulsification and particle synthesis approaches enabled by microfluidic platforms. Then, the applications...