We’ve had microfluidics. We’ve even had nanofluidics. But now, scientists have gone a step smaller by pushing femtofluidics into the realms of possibility.
Droplet microfluidics enables assays and reactions to be performed in droplets of reagent that are just a few nanolitres or picolitres in volume. The main advantages of this are that reactions can be performed in a massively parallel manner using hardly any reagent, and further miniaturisation to give femtolitre droplets promises to enable even higher-throughput with even lower reagent use.
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Droplet-based microfluidics at the femtolitre scale*
Marie Leman, Faris Abouakil, Andrew D. Griffiths and Patrick Tabeling
Lab Chip, 2015, Advance Article
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