Freestanding bilayer lipid membranes provide an exceptional platform for measurements of lipid/protein interactions and ion translocation events at the single molecule level. For drug screening applications, large arrays of individual bilayer supports are required. However, an effective method for generating, stabilizing, and monitoring arrays of lipid bilayers remains elusive. Here we investigate a novel approach towards the facile generation of bilayer arrays for high throughput screening. The approach takes advantage of fundamental microfluidic capabilities by combining an emulsion generator with droplet-interfaced membrane formation, allowing for fully-automated production of membrane arrays whose density is, in principle, unlimited.

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