Biocompatible fluorinated polyglycerols for droplet microfluidics as an alternative to PEG-based copolymer surfactants.

@article{Wagner2016BiocompatibleFP,
  title={Biocompatible fluorinated polyglycerols for droplet microfluidics as an alternative to PEG-based copolymer surfactants.},
  author={Olaf Wagner and Julian Thiele and Marie Weinhart and Linas Mazutis and David A Weitz and Wilhelm T. S. Huck and Rainer Haag},
  journal={Lab on a chip},
  year={2016},
  volume={16 1},
  pages={65-9}
}
In droplet-based microfluidics, non-ionic, high-molecular weight surfactants are required to stabilize droplet interfaces. One of the most common structures that imparts stability as well as biocompatibility to water-in-oil droplets is a triblock copolymer surfactant composed of perfluoropolyether (PFPE) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) blocks. However, the fast growing applications of microdroplets in biology would benefit from a larger choice of specialized surfactants. PEG as a hydrophilic… CONTINUE READING
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