The aerosol droplets move like a carefully choreographed marching band, fanning out in unison from their source.

The technology – a gas-focused liquid whipping jet – could ultimately lead to advancements in an array of industries; everything from pharmaceuticals and food processing to automobiles and climate work involving carbon capture.

It is described in a study titled “A sui generis whipping instability-based self-sequencing multi-monodisperse 2D Sprays from an anisotropic microfluidic liquid jet device,” which was published Jan. 11 in the journal Cell Reports Physical Science.