Droplet manipulation inside a microfluidic device for biological applications

In this project, the student will design and fabricate microfluidic devices to generate, guide, and trap oil in water and water in oil droplets. The effect of parameters such as flow rates, droplet size, trap dimensions, etc. on trapping efficiency will be investigated. The goal is to develop a phase diagram to identify the trapping and non-trapping regions for the entire set of operating parameters. The student will also develop simulations to mimic the droplet trapping process inside a microfluidic device and perform a parametric study for corroborating the experimental results. This is expected to help us use the developed microfluidic design for efficient trapping of cell encapsulated droplets.