Microdroplet technology has recently emerged to provide new and diverse applications via microfluidic functionality, especially in various areas of biology and chemistry. This book, then, gives an overview of the principle components and wide-ranging applications for state-of-the-art of droplet-based microfluidics. Chapter authors are internationally-leading researchers from chemistry, biology, physics and engineering that present various key aspects of micrdroplet technology -- fundamental flow physics, methodology and components for flow control, applications in biology and chemistry, and a discussion of future perspectives. This book acts as a reference for academics, post-graduate students, and researcher wishing to deepen their understand of microfluidics and introduce optimal design and operation of new droplet-based microfluidic devices for more comprehensive analyte assessments. Yonghao Zhang, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland. During his career, he worked at the Department of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, Scotland; and the Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, England. Philip Day, Reader in Quantitative Analytical Genomics, CIGMR, Faculty of Medicine, and Principal Investigator at the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre, The University of Manchester, England. During his career, he worked at the Birmingham Children's Hospital, England; the Wellcome Trust Centre for Complex Diseases, Oxford, England; Department of Biochemistry, Oxford University, England;founded the Functional Genomics Unit, Children's University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland; and at ISAS, Institute for Analytical Sciences, Dortmund, Germany. Andreas Manz, Professor in Micro Systems for Life Sciences, Department of Physics and Mechatronics, The Saarland University, and Head of Research, KIST Europe, Saarbrucken, Germany. During his career, he worked at the Chemistry Department, ETH Zurich, Switzerland; at Hitachi Corp., Tokyo, Japan; at Corporate Research, Ciba-Geigy Corp, Basel, Switzerland; at the Chemistry Department, Imperial College London, England; at Caliper Corp., Palo Alto, USA; at the Department of Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, Technical University Dortmund, Germany; at the ISAS, Institute for Analytical Sciences, Dortmund, Germany; and at FRIAS, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Freiburg, Germany.
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