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Langmuir. 2005 Dec 6;21(25):11614-22.

Continuous microfluidic reactors for polymer particles.

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Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


This article provides an overview of our work in the area of the synthesis of polymer particles in continuous microfluidic reactors. The method includes (a) the generation of highly monodisperse monomer droplets in a microfluidic flow-focusing device and (b) in-situ solidification of these droplets by means of photopolymerization. We discuss the effect of monomer properties on the emulsification process, the effect of the polymerization rate on the production of high-quality particles, the role of the material of the microfluidic device in droplet formation, and the synthesis of particles with different shapes and compositions. We also demonstrate the production of highly ordered arrays of polymer particles achieved by photopolymerization of the dynamic lattices of monomer droplets in microfluidic channels. The article is concluded with a summary of future research directions in the production of polymer colloids in microfluidic reactors.

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