The heatable microfluidic chip developed herein successfully integrates a microheater and flowfocusing device to generate uniform-sized gelatin emulsions under various flow rate ratios (sample phase/oil phase, Qs/Q o) and driven voltages. The gelatin emulsions can be applied to encapsulate vitamin C for drug release. Our goal is to create the thermal conditions for thermosensitive hydrogel materials in the microfluidic chip and generate continuous and uniform emulsions under any external environment. The gelatin emulsion sizes have a coefficient of variation of <5 % and can be precisely controlled by altering the flow rate ratio (Qs/Q o) and driven voltage. The gelatin emulsion diameters range from 45 to 120 lm. Moreover, various sizes of these gelatin microcapsules containing vitamin C were used for drug release. The developed microfluidic chip has the advantages of a heatable platform in the fluid device, active control over the emulsion diameter, the generation of uniform-sized emulsions, and simplicity. This new approach for gelatin microcapsules will provide many potential applications in drug delivery and pharmaceuticals.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry