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Liquid Marbles as Miniature Reactors for Chemical and Biological Applications

Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan 4111 QLD, Australia
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Processes 2020, 8(7), 793; https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8070793
Received: 3 June 2020 / Revised: 22 June 2020 / Accepted: 5 July 2020 / Published: 7 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liquid Marble Manipulation and Applications)
The need for miniaturised reaction systems has led to the development of various microreactor platforms, such as droplet-based microreactors. However, these microreactors possess inherent drawbacks, such as rapid evaporation and difficult handling, that limit their use in practical applications. Liquid marbles are droplets covered with hydrophobic particles and are a potential platform that can overcome the weaknesses of bare droplets. The coating particles completely isolate the interior liquids from the surrounding environment, thus conveniently encapsulating the reactions. Great efforts have been made over the past decade to demonstrate the feasibility of liquid marble-based microreactors for chemical and biological applications. This review systemically summarises state-of-the-art implementations of liquid marbles as microreactors. This paper also discusses the various aspects of liquid marble-based microreactors, such as the formation, manipulation, and future perspectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: liquid marble; particle-laden droplet; micromixer; microreactor; microbioreactor; digital microfluidics; liquid marble manipulation and applications; non-wetting phenomena liquid marble; particle-laden droplet; micromixer; microreactor; microbioreactor; digital microfluidics; liquid marble manipulation and applications; non-wetting phenomena
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Nguyen, N.-K.; Ooi, C.H.; Singha, P.; Jin, J.; Sreejith, K.R.; Phan, H.-P.; Nguyen, N.-T. Liquid Marbles as Miniature Reactors for Chemical and Biological Applications. Processes 2020, 8, 793. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8070793

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Nguyen N-K, Ooi CH, Singha P, Jin J, Sreejith KR, Phan H-P, Nguyen N-T. Liquid Marbles as Miniature Reactors for Chemical and Biological Applications. Processes. 2020; 8(7):793. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8070793

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Nguyen, Nhat-Khuong, Chin H. Ooi, Pradip Singha, Jing Jin, Kamalalayam R. Sreejith, Hoang-Phuong Phan, and Nam-Trung Nguyen. 2020. "Liquid Marbles as Miniature Reactors for Chemical and Biological Applications" Processes 8, no. 7: 793. https://doi.org/10.3390/pr8070793

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