Emissive complex droplets with reconfigurable morphology and dynamic optical properties offer exciting opportunities as chemical sensors due to their stimuli-responsive characteristics. In this work, we demonstrated a real-time optical sensing platform that combines poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microfluidics and complex droplets as sensing materials. We utilized a mechanism, called directional emission, to transduce changes in interfacial tension into optical signals. We discuss the fabrication and integration of PDMS microfluidics with complex emulsions to facilitate continuous measurement of fluorescent emission and, ultimately, the interfacial tensions. Furthermore, by varying the interfacial functionalization and fluorescent dye with characteristic wavelength, we generate multiple formulations of droplets and obtain differential responses to stimuli that alter interfacial tensions (i.e., composition of surfactants, pH). Our results illustrate a proof-of-concept multiplexed and continuous sensing platform with potential applications in miniaturized, on-site environmental monitoring and biosensing.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - Feb 21 2023|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics