Francesco Del Giudice

Francesco Del Giudice
Swansea University | SWAN · College of Engineering

PhD

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Introduction
Enthusiastic academic member at Swansea University, interested in Microfluidics and Soft Matter. We are currently developing solutions to improve particle and cell encapsulation, and we are also exploring the potential of Soft Matter in the healthcare sector. We are also exploring new methodologies for the manufacturing of materials, while tackling some fundamental questions multiphase microfluidic flows, and we are implementing machine learning within microfluidic applications.
Additional affiliations
May 2018 - present
Swansea University
Position
  • Lecturer
December 2015 - April 2018
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
Position
  • PostDoc Position
April 2012 - March 2015
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Position
  • Fellow
Education
September 2009 - December 2011
University of Naples Federico II
Field of study
  • Chemical Engineering

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Publications (29)
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The encapsulation and co-encapsulation of particles in microfluidic flows is essential in applications related to single-cell analysis and material synthesis. However, the whole encapsulation process is stochastic in nature, and its efficiency is limited by the so-called Poisson limit. We here demonstrate particle encapsulation in microfluidic devi...
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The encapsulation of particles and cells in droplets is highly relevant in biomedical engineering as well as in material science. So far, however, the majority of the studies in this area have focused on the encapsulation of particles or cells suspended in Newtonian liquids. We here studied the particle encapsulation phenomenon in a T-junction micr...
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The encapsulation and co-encapsulation of particles in microfluidic flows is essential in applications related to single-cell analysis and material synthesis. However, the whole encapsulation process is stochastic in nature, and its efficiency is limited by the so-called Poisson limit. We here demonstrate particle encapsulation and co-encapsulation...
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Strings of equally spaced particles, also called particle trains, have been employed in several applications, including flow cytometry and particle or cell encapsulation. Recently, the formation of particle trains in viscoelastic liquids has been demonstrated. However, only a few studies have focused on the topic, with several questions remaining u...
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Biofluids such as synovial fluid, blood plasma, and saliva contain several proteins which impart non-Newtonian properties to the biofluids. The concentration of such protein macromolecules in biofluids is regarded as an important biomarker for the diagnosis of several health conditions, including cardiovascular disorders, joint quality, and Alzheim...
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The efficient transport of solid particles using polymeric fluids is an important step in many industrial operations. Different viscoelastic fluids have been designed for this purpose, however, the effects of elasticity have not been fully integrated in examining the particle-carrying capacity of the fluids. In this work, two elastic fluid formulat...
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The rheological characterisation of liquids finds application in several fields ranging from industrial production to the medical practice. Conventional rheometers are the gold standard for the rheological characterisation; however, they are affected by several limitations, including high costs, large volumes required and difficult integration to o...
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The encapsulation of particles in droplets using microfluidic devices finds application across several fields ranging from biomedical engineering to materials science. The encapsulation process, however, is often affected by poor single encapsulation efficiency, quantified by the Poisson statistics, with droplets containing more than one particle o...
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Crystal-like structures find application in several fields ranging from biomedical engineering to material science. For instance, droplet crystals are critical for high throughput assays and material synthesis, while particle crystals are important for particles and cell encapsulation, Drop-seq technologies, and single-cell analysis. Formation of c...
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Viscoelastic polymer solutions have been widely employed as suspending liquids for a myriad of microfluidic applications including particle and cell focusing, sorting, and encapsulation. It has been recently shown that viscoelastic solutions can drive the formation of equally spaced particles called “particle trains” as a result of the viscoelastic...
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Microfluidic rheometry is considered to be a potential alternative to conventional rheometry for the rheological characterization of viscoelastic solutions having relatively low viscoelastic properties. None of the microfluidic platforms introduced so far, however, can be used for the measurements of multiple rheological properties in the same devi...
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Flow cytometry is a technique for the analysis of cells and particles by coupling a sheath flow assisted focusing microfluidic device to an optical or electrical reader. In this context, polymer solutions can be employed to drive particle and cell focusing on the centreline of simple straight microfluidic channels. However, the change of the focusi...
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Polymerized ionic liquids (PILs) are a special class of polyelectrolytes with ionic liquid (IL) species being covalently attached to the repeating unit. The rheological properties of PIL in IL solutions are strongly influenced by the electrostatic screening between IL and PIL chains. However, the effect of IL electrostatic screening on the rheology...
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Strings of equally spaced particles (particle train) are tremendously important in a variety of microfluidic applications. By using inertial microfluidics, particle trains can be formed near the channel walls. However, the high particle rotation and large local shear gradient near the microchannel walls can lead to blurred images and cell damage, t...
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Even though the rheological behavior of aqueous graphene oxide (G-O) dispersions has been shown to be strongly time-dependent, only few transient measurements have been reported in the literature. In this work, we attempt to fill the gap between transient and steady shear rheological characterizations of aqueous G-O dispersions in the concentration...
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Controlling the fate of particles and cells in microfluidic devices is critical in many biomedical applications, such as particle and cell alignment and separation. Recently, viscoelastic polymer solutions have been successfully used to promote transversal migration of particles and cells towards fixed positions in straight microchannels. When iner...
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Graphene oxide (G-O) is a chemically oxidized sheet of graphene. Owing to their functional groups, G-O sheets have found numerous applications in biomedical, electrical and material engineering. The flow properties of G-O dispersions, that is, the rheology, are intimately related to the material processing and design of G-O based composites. In thi...
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In this work, we present new insights related to a debate on the morphological structure of hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) molecules when dissolved in water, i.e., whether HEC adopts a linear-flexible or a rod-like fibrillar configuration. We have employed " seven " rheological techniques to explore the viscoelastic properties of HEC solutions at dif...
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Polymer solutions are considered dilute when polymer chains in a solution do not interact with each other. One important step in the characterization of these systems is the measurement of their longest relaxation timesλ. For dilute polymer solutions in low-viscous solvents, this measurement can be very challenging through conventional techniques....
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Measuring the longest relaxation time of a viscoelastic liquid is an important step in its rheological characterization. In several instances, however, such measurement is unfeasible through conventional techniques, e.g., frequency response in linear viscoelasticity or measure of first normal stress difference. This difficulty is often found for ve...
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Microrheometry is very important for exploring rheological behaviours of several systems when conventional techniques fail. Microrheometrical measurements are usually carried out in microfluidic devices made of Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS). Although PDMS is a very cheap material, it is also very easy to deform. In particular, a liquid flowing in a...
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Manipulation of particles suspended in fluids flowing in microfluidic channels is required in a variety of biological, diagnostic and therapeutic applications. For instance, alignment of particles into a tight stream is a necessary step prior to counting, detecting, and sorting. Generally, this task is accomplished by using a Newtonian fluid as sus...
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We present a straightforward method for measuring the relative viscosity of fluids via a simple graphical analysis of the normalised position autocorrelation function of an optically trapped bead, without the need of embarking on laborious calculations. The advantages of the proposed microrheology method are evident when it is adopted for measureme...
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The deflection of magnetic beads in a microfluidic channel through magnetophoresis can be improved if the particles are somehow focused along the same streamline in the device. We design and fabricate a microfluidic device made of two modules, each one performing a unit operation. A suspension of magnetic beads in a viscoelastic medium is fed to th...
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The effect of fluid rheology on particle migration induced by fluid viscoelasticity in a square-shaped microchannel is reported. Three water polymer solutions of PolyEthylene Oxyde at different concentrations, corresponding to different elasticity and degree of shear thinning, are prepared and rheologically characterized. Experiments are carried ou...
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A novel method to estimate the relaxation time of viscoelastic fluids, down to milliseconds, is here proposed. The adopted technique is based on the particle migration phenomenon occurring when the suspending viscoelastic fluid flows in microfluidic channels. The method is applied to measure the fluid relaxation times of two water-glycerol polymer...
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We present a straightforward method for measuring the fluids' relative viscosity via a simple graphical analysis of the normalised position autocorrelation function of an optically trapped bead, without the need of embarking on laborious calculations. The advantages of the proposed microrheology method become evident, for instance, when it is adopt...
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We demonstrate the possibility to achieve 3D particle focusing in a straight microchannel with a square cross-section by exploiting purely viscoelastic effects. Experiments are carried out by considering an elastic, constant-viscosity aqueous solution of PVP (polyvinylpyrrolidone) as the suspending liquid. Several flow rates and two channel dimensi...

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Projects (2)
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The goal is to use microfluidic rheometry for the characterisation of polymer solutions and biofluids which are difficult to characterise using other conventional techniques.
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The goal is to employ polymer liquids to design solutions to overcome the problem of Poisson stochastic encapsulation in microfluidic devices.