Lipid forms a self-assembled membrane that encloses biological cells. Life is a dynamic system that communicate with environment through this membrane rather than an isolated droplet that cannot communicate with surroundings. As the fact that most of drug target is on the membrane proteins shows, the lipid membrane plays crucial roles to make the life systems alive and healthy.
So why fusion of lipid membrane with microfluidics is interesting? In my view, it is as follows;
(1) To mimic cells
(2) To study membrane and protein functions
(3) To study the membrane physics