Abstract

Optofluidic manipulation of droplets is critical in droplet-based microfluidic systems for chemistry, biology, and medicine. Here, we reported a thermocapillary microvortices-based manipulation platform for controlling oil-in-water droplets through integrating a photothermal waveguide into a microfluidic chip. The sizes and shapes of the droplets can be controlled by adjusting optical power or positions of the water–oil interface. Here, teardrop-shaped droplets, which can encapsulate and accumulate mesoscopic matters easily, were generated when the water–oil interface and the channel boundaries approached the photothermal waveguide center simultaneously. The results showed that the thermocapillary microvortices have good controllability of droplet positions, droplet volumes, and encapsulated-particle distribution and thus it will be a powerful droplet manipulation strategy for microreactors and microcapsules.

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» Visualization 1       Droplet fusion at various optical powers.
» Visualization 2       Droplet generation at various boundary conditions.
» Visualization 3       Teardrop-shaped droplet generation and object encapsulation.

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