Monodisperse gas-filled microparticles from reactions in double emulsions

Wynter J. Duncanson, Alireza Abbaspourrad, Ho Cheung Shum, Shin Hyun Kim, Laura L.A. Adams, David A. Weitz

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We present a strategy for preparing size-controlled gas-filled microparticles using two aqueous components that chemically react to produce the gas. We use a dual-bore microfluidic device to isolate the reactants of two gas-producing reactions until they are encapsulated in the outer droplet. The reactants in the monodisperse droplets merge and produce the gas bubbles, which are stabilized with a surfactant and form the core of the microparticles. The number and size of the generated gas bubbles are governed by the gas-forming reaction used. Our versatile strategy can be applied to a wide range of gas-producing reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6742-6745
Number of pages4
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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Duncanson, W. J., Abbaspourrad, A., Shum, H. C., Kim, S. H., Adams, L. L. A., & Weitz, D. A. (2012). Monodisperse gas-filled microparticles from reactions in double emulsions. Langmuir, 28(17), 6742-6745.