Principles of Microfluidics

Code 736II
Credits 6

Learning outcomes

1. Fundamentals of fluid mechanics: newtonian fluids, Navier-Stokes equations; analysis of the flow in various regimes: inertial flows, irrotational flows, low-Reynolds-number (creeping) flows; boundary conditions.
2. Physical chemistry of surfaces: interfacial phenomena, capillarity; micro/nano particles in fluids: electrical interfaces in electrolyte solutions, electrical double layer, colloidal dispersions, micro-emulsions.
3. Fluid flows in confined geometries: flows in micro-pores; electro-osmotic flows; diffusio-osmotic flows; capillary flows, coating flows. Low-Reynolds-number flows of micro-particles (or micro-drops o micro-bubbles ) in fluids; micro-break-up of liquid jets, sprays; electrophoresis, diffusiophoresis, liquid flows driven by surface tension. Aggregation dynamics of colloidal particles with or without shear-flow: I e II Smoluchowski’s theory.