Microfluidic Emulsification Technology


In the pharmaceutical industry micro-encapsulation is often used for drug delivery. By means of controlled and sustained release of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API), a better therapeutic effect, less side effects and higher patient convenience / compliance is achieved. Other applications are delivery of poorly soluble APIs, taste masking, targeted delivery, improving stability. 

Microfluidic encapsulation

Droplet production with the use of microchannels, otherwise called microfluidic emulsification, is a much-reported method to make uniform and controlled soft matter structures, like emulsions, microcapsules, and microspheres. A wide variety of methods have been reported that are able to produce a controlled droplet size.

Microfluidics is the controlled process of droplet formation out of two or more liquids. The process takes place in channels of only a few microns wide. Once droplets are formed they can be solidified in the channel by extracting the solvent or adding a third liquid, such as a cross-linker.