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Cell Disruption

Exceptional Performance vs. Other Techniques

Microfluidizer® processors provide many demonstrable advantages over all other cell disruptor methods and equipment — for both lab and production volumes.

Advantages in the Lab

Lab scale Microfluidizers® process cells rapidly (up to several hundred ml/min) from small sample volumes (as small as 14 ml to several liters). Our machines utilize advanced technology to rupture even the most challenging cells, and enable multiple research groups to use the processor for diverse applications.

Advantages During Production

The ability to scale up from lab to production volumes is a highly valuable tool for cell homogenization researchers — and an area where our processors shine. Unlike Microfluidizers®, high-pressure homogenizers involve changes in the way the cells are ruptured to accommodate the higher flow rates, which results in inconsistency when scaling up. When you use a Microfluidizer®, scaleup performance is guaranteed.

Microfluidizer® Benefits for Cell Disruption

Our processors are great for the homogenization of cells because they are tough on cells and gentle on proteins. Microfluidizers® are ideally suited for effectively rupturing cells with different shear requirements — including E. coli, mammalian, plant, insect, fungi, algae and yeast cell disruption — while ensuring high protein recovery. These capabilities allow researchers to use the lowest pressure possible to reach target rupture rates while avoiding protein denaturation.

Highest Protein Integrity Recovery

Precisely controlled shear rates enable Microfluidizer® customers to use the minimum pressure required to rupture the target level of cells while keeping proteins intact. Compared with other cell disruption techniques, the Microfluidizer® yields several times the amount of recoverable, usable protein. 

Efficient Cooling

Cooling is extremely important in cell disruption because cell contents are typically temperature sensitive. Immediately after processing, use of Microfluidizer® cooling devices with ice water minimizes the amount of time the sample experiences elevated temperatures, and the lower temperatures combined with shorter processing times result in reduced denaturing and increased yields.

Ease of Use

Microfluidizers® were designed with convenient homogenization of cells and productivity in mind — that’s why they’re simple to operate and easy to clean. Multiple users in a lab are comfortable with our technology, which requires no specialized skills or knowledge. Customers appreciate how little maintenance is required, especially when compared to high-pressure homogenizers that have valves that need to be disassembled and cleaned manually.

Simple Downstream Processes

When compared with a high-pressure homogenizer, the Microfluidizer® breaks the cells gently yet efficiently, resulting in large cell wall fragments. The large fragments are easier to separate from the cell contents, so filtration times are shorter and the need for centrifugation is reduced.

Processes at a Constant, Controlled Shear Rate

Continuous processing at constant pressure ensures that all cells receive the same amount of energy input. With sonication, cells closer to the probe receive exponentially more energy than cells farther from the probe; batch-processing methods provide little control of energy uniformity to each cell. 

No Contamination

Microfluidizer® machines offer media-free, low-wear processing that eliminates adulteration of your sample.

Guaranteed Scalability

Unlike other technologies used to rupture cells, Microfluidics guarantees scaleup from lab and pilot volumes to full-scale production. 


Microfluidizers® are capable of handling a wide range of cells by optimizing pressure and cooling.

Small Sample Volumes

Our LV-1 Low Volume Lab Machine is capable of cell homogenization in samples as small as 1 ml.


Representative applications include yeast, fungi, E. coli, penicillium, mold, meningococcal cells, algae, bacteria, mammalian tissue and insect cells.

Proven Processing Results

E. Coli Cell Rupture


Yeast Lysis (S. Pombe)