We study fluidic assembly and packing of spherical particles in rectilinear microchannels that are terminated by a flow constriction. First, we introduce a method for active assembly of particles in the confined microchannels by triggering a local constriction in the fluid channel using a partially closed membrane valve. This microfluidic valve allows active, on-demand particle assembly as opposed to previous passive assembly methods based on terminal channels and weirs. Second, we study the thr
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