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Topological Microfluidics

Nematic Liquid Crystals and Nematic Colloids in Microfluidic Environment


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Anupam Sengupta
    Pages 1-5
  3. Anupam Sengupta
    Pages 7-36
  4. Anupam Sengupta
    Pages 37-51
  5. Anupam Sengupta
    Pages 53-67
  6. Anupam Sengupta
    Pages 137-144
  7. Anupam Sengupta
    Pages 145-146
  8. Anupam Sengupta
    Pages 147-150
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 151-153

About this book


This work represents one of the first comprehensive attempts to seamlessly integrate two highly active interdisciplinary domains in soft matter science – microfluidics and liquid crystals (LCs). Motivated by the lack of fundamental experiments, Dr. Sengupta initiated systematic investigation of LC flows at micro scales, gaining new insights that are also suggestive of novel applications. By tailoring the surface anchoring of the LC molecules and the channel dimensions, different topological constraints were controllably introduced within the microfluidic devices. These topological constraints were further manipulated using a flow field, paving the way for Topological Microfluidics.  Harnessing topology on a microfluidic platform, as described in this thesis, opens up capabilities beyond the conventional viscous-dominated microfluidics, promising potential applications in targeted delivery and sorting systems, self-assembled motifs, and novel metamaterial fabrications.


Flexible Micro-cargo Concepts Guided Transport LC Flows at Micro Scales Liquid Crystal Flows Microchannel Functionalization Opto-fluidic Effects Soft Rails Surface Anchoring Topological Constraints Topological Microfluidics Tunable Flow Shaping

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dynamics of Complex FluidsMax Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS)GöttingenGermany

About the authors

Anupam Sengupta is a soft matter physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self Organization (MPIDS) Göttingen, Germany. Anupam defended his doctoral research on ‘Liquid Crystal Microfluidics’ in December 2012 with the highest distinction (summa cum laude). His current research interests include transport of complex fluids and their dispersions, patterns on soft substrates and wetting of complex fluids. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, with a Dual Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Bachelor and Master of Technology). He takes great interest in mentoring young minds and loves to travel, write and play Sitar.

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