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Process and apparatus for producing emulsion and microcapsules UPDATE 実績あり

外国特許コード F110005689
整理番号 Y0144US2
掲載日 2011年9月9日
出願国 アメリカ合衆国
出願番号 28725205
公報番号 20060079584
公報番号 7772287
出願日 平成17年11月28日(2005.11.28)
公報発行日 平成18年4月13日(2006.4.13)
公報発行日 平成22年8月10日(2010.8.10)
国際出願番号 JP2002001186
国際公開番号 WO2002068104
国際出願日 平成14年2月13日(2002.2.13)
国際公開日 平成14年9月6日(2002.9.6)
優先権データ
  • 特願2001-048097 (2001.2.23) JP
  • 特願2001-238624 (2001.8.7) JP
  • 2002WO-JP01186 (2002.2.13) WO
  • 2003US-10468015 (2003.8.22) US
発明の名称 (英語) Process and apparatus for producing emulsion and microcapsules UPDATE 実績あり
発明の概要(英語) (US7772287)
A process and apparatus for rapidly producing an emulsion and microcapsules in a simple manner is provided wherein a dispersion phase is ejected from a dispersion phase-feeding port toward a continuous phase flowing in a microchannel in such a manner that flows of the dispersion phase and the continuous phase cross each other, thereby obtaining microdroplets, formed by the shear force of the continuous phase, having a size smaller than the width of the channel for feeding the dispersion phase.
特許請求の範囲(英語) [claim1]
1. A process for producing a microdroplet emulsion of microdroplets, comprising ejecting a dispersion phase from a dispersion phase feed channel toward the junction of flows of a first continuous phase and a second continuous phase flowing in first and second microchannels , the first and second continuous phases flowing towards the junction from first and second continuous phase feed ports positioned opposite to each other wherein the flow of the dispersion phase joins the flows of the first and second continuous phases to form a microdroplet emulsion in the flow of first and second continuous phases.
[claim2]
2. A process for producing microcapsules, comprising feeding a content-forming phase to a first continuous phase and a second continuous phases flowing in first and second microchannels, the first and second continuous phases flowing towards the junction from first and second continuous phase feed ports positioned opposite to each other wherein the flow of the content-forming phase joins the flows of the first and second continuous phases to form a microdoplet emulsion; and then
feeding a shell-forming phase to a third continuous phase and a fourth continuous phase flowing in third and fourth microchannels configured in an orientation to the first and second continuous phases to coat the microdroplet emulsion from the first and second continuous phase in the flow of the third and fourth continuous phase to form a microcapsule comprising the microdroplet emulsion coated with a shell.
[claim3]
3. An apparatus for producing an emulsion, comprising: a first microchannel where a first continuous phase flows and a second microchannel where a second continuous phase flows, and
a dispersion phase feed channel configured to feed the dispersion phase toward the junction of flows of the first and second continuous phases such that the flow of the dispersion phase feed channel joins the flows of first and second continuous phases to form microdroplets in the flow of the first and second continuous phases by ejecting the dispersion phase from the dispersion phase feed channel toward the junction of flows of the first and second continuous phases wherein the first and second microchannels are configured to provide the first and second continuous phases towards the junction from first and second continuous phase feed ports positioned opposite to each other.
[claim4]
4. An apparatus for producing microcapsules, comprising: a first microchannel where a first continuous phase flows and a second microchannel where a second continuous phase flows,
a dispersion phase feed channel configured to feed the dispersion phase toward the junction of flows of the first and second continuous phases such that the flow of the dispersion phase feed channel joins the flows of first and second continuous phases to form microdroplets in the flow of the first and second continuous phases by ejecting the dispersion phase from the dispersion phase feed channel toward the junction of flows of the first and second continuous phases;
a third microchannel where a third continuous phase flows and a fourth microchannel where fourth continuous phase flows wherein the third and fourth microchannels are configured in an orientation to the first and second continuous phases to coat microdroplets from the first and second continuous phase in the flows of the third and fourth continuous phase, wherein the first and second microchannels are configured to provide the first and second continuous phases towards the junction from first and second continuous phase feed ports positioned opposite to each other.
[claim5]
5. The apparatus for producing an emulsion according to claim 3, which comprises a plurality of dispersion phase feeds and wherein the plurality of the dispersion phase feeds each include a substrate, a driven plate, an elastic member disposed between the substrate and the driven plate, and an actuator for driving the driven plate wherein the plurality of dispersion phases feeds are configured to feed a plurality of dispersion phases at the same time.
[claim6]
6. The apparatus for producing microcapsules according to claim 4, wherein the dispersion phase feed channel, the third microchannel and the fourth microchannel each include a substrate, a driven plate, an elastic member disposed between the substrate and the driven plate, and an actuator for driving the driven plate such that the dispersion phase feed channel, the third microchannel and the fourth microchannel are configured to feed the dispersion phase, the third continuous phase and the fourth continuous phase at the same time.
[claim7]
7. The apparatus for producing an emulsion according to claim 3 further comprising films disposed on a portion of an inner wall surface of the first microchannel, the second microchannel, the a dispersion phase feed channel, or a combination thereof.
[claim8]
8. The apparatus for producing microcapsules according to claim 4 further comprising films disposed on a portion of an inner wall surface of the first microchannel, the second microchannel, the a dispersion phase feed channel, the third microchannel, the fourth microchannel, or a combination thereof.
[claim9]
9. The apparatus according to claim 7, wherein the portion disposed with the film includes a junction of flows of the first and second continuous flows and the dispersion phase.
[claim10]
10. The apparatus according to claim 8, wherein the portion disposed with the film includes a junction of flows of the first and second continuous flows and the dispersion phase.
  • 発明者/出願人(英語)
  • HIGUCHI TOSHIRO
  • TORII TORU
  • NISHISAKO TAKASHI
  • TANIGUCHI TOMOHIRO
  • JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
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