Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 2nd International Conference on Microfluidic Handling Systems"
A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2014)
Prof. Dr. Joost Lötters
1 Transducers Science and Technology (TST), MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, University of Twente, PO Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, The Netherlands
2 Bronkhorst High-Tech BV, Nijverheidsstraat 1A, 7261 AK Ruurlo, The Netherlands
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Interests: Design, modelling, fabrication and application of microfluidic handling systems, including MEMS thermal and Coriolis flow sensors and controllers, MEMS pressure sensors, MEMS control valves and micromachined flow analysis sytems such as multiparameter flow measurement systems and micro Wobbe index meters
Prof. Dr. Gerald A. Urban
Sensor Technology, IMTEK, Department of Microsystems Engineering, University of Freiburg, Georges Koehler Allee 103, 79110 Freiburg, Germany
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Interests: microbiosensorarrays; lab-on-chip; electrophoresis on chip; thermal MEMS; nanostructured surfaces; biocompatible surfaces; biomedical in-vivo sensors; immunochips; RNA-analytics on chip
This special issue will publish selected papers from the 2nd International Conference on Microfluidic Handling Systems (http://www.mfhs2014.uni-freiburg.de/), 8–10 October 2014, Freiburg, Germany. Manuscripts submitted to the journal of Micromachines should be extended by at least 40% compared with the conference one.
Worldwide, accurate handling—i.e., analysis, dosage, measurement and control—of small and extremely small mass flow rates of both gases and liquids is becoming more and more important, driven by numerous applications. Examples of economically and societally relevant applications are, e.g., improvement of medical infusion pump systems, increasing the efficiency of processes that extract oil from oil wells (enhanced oil recovery), systems that measure the energy content (calorific value or Wobbe Index) of natural gas and biogas, monitoring of ground water pollution and the production of pharmaceuticals by means of flow chemistry.
Whether in analytical instrumentation, flow chemistry, energy, semiconductor industry, food and beverage or life sciences, microfluidic handling systems are facing 3 major trends: (1) accurate measurement and calibration facilities, (2) complete functional systems rather than individual components, e.g. flow analysis systems, and flow dosage systems, and (3) commercialisation of research. In the future, the impact of this field of research may become bigger, and large target markets may potentially arise, especially when spin-off companies start manufacturing and selling their products, systems or pilot plants.
The 2nd International Conference on Microfluidic Handling Systems (MFHS 2014) focuses mainly on the technology, components, devices and systems that enable the application in microfluidic systems. We invite submission of papers on systems and devices for accurate handling (e.g., dosing, measurement and control) of (extremely) small mass flow rates of both gases and liquids, and corresponding measurement and control principles:
- Thermal, ultrasonic and Coriolis principles for flow measurement
- The piezo-electric, electromagnetic and electrostatic principles for flow control
- Electronic instrumentation
- Application proposals
- Innovative methods in calibration equipment and methodology
- Micro- and nanomachining
- Device characterization
The topics include but are not limited to:
- Sensors: flow, pressure, viscosity, temperature, conductivity, heat capacity, density
- Actuators: valves, pumps, mixers, droplet generators
- Interfaces: electronic instrumentation, interconnections, assembly, technology
- Fluidic control systems: mass flow controllers, precision mixing, dosing and dispensing, calibration
- Applications: gas chromatographs, liquid chromatographs, medical analyses, micro reaction systems, bio-analytical systems
Dr. Peter Koltay
Dr. Joost Lötters
Prof. Dr. Gerald A. Urban
Manuscript Submission Information
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