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      Open-Surface Digital Microfluidics

      The Open Biotechnology Journal
      Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.

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          Open-surface digital microfluidics refers to droplet manipulations in an open surface. Different chemical/ biological reaction protocols can easily be demonstrated in the same device by reprogramming the order of droplet manipulations. While continuous-flow or liquid-plug microfluidics within microchannels have inherently limited programmability, there is no limit of reprogrammability in open-surface digital microfluidics. Three different mechanisms for droplet manipulations are addressed in this mini-review: electrowetting-on-dielectric, magnetofluidics and wire-guide manipulations. Brief theories of surface tension and work of adhesion are addressed. Potential applications are addressed as well as their complications.

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          Journal
          The Open Biotechnology Journal
          TOBIOTJ
          Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
          1874-0707
          April 16 2008
          April 16 2008
          : 2
          : 1
          : 94-100
          Article
          10.2174/1874070700802010094
          4fbd4e37-4f27-4ad7-ad69-b0ad783fe11d
          © 2008

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          Medicine,Chemistry,Life sciences
          Medicine, Chemistry, Life sciences

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