Special Issue "Bioinspired Microfluidics"
A special issue of Biomimetics (ISSN 2313-7673).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2018
Microfluidics is the science and technology of manipulating and analyzing fluids at small scales, typically smaller than 1 mm. Microfluidics enables a number of important applications, such as point-of-care diagnostics, environmental sensing, biosensors, advanced cell culture systems, high-throughput drug testing, inkjet printing, and immersion lithography. In most microfluidic applications, large peripheral equipment like syringe pumps must be connected to the microfluidic devices to generate flow, or complex electrode structures must be integrated into the devices using complex manufacturing methods to achieve electrokinetic pumping.
In recent years, researchers are increasingly studying Nature to find inspiration for more effective, more versatile, and more easily integrated microfluidic manipulation principles. Indeed, a variety of biological mechanisms for fluid manipulation at the submillimeter scale have evolved. Just a few examples include: cilia and flagella are microscopic, hair-like motile structures that oscillate to propel microorganisms, or to transport cells, food, or mucus; many special biological surfaces have tuned surface energy for droplet contact angle control—the best-known is the Lotus leaf with its surface microstructure that makes it superhydrophobic and self-cleaning; plants and trees rely completely on manipulation of water to live and grow—using specialized root structures to absorb water, capillaries for water transport up the stem, and stomata on the leaf’s surfaces for evaporative pumping. All of these, and more, biological principles can be an inspiration for the development of novel microfluidic concepts.
The aim of this Special Issue is to collect articles that reflect the recent advances in bioinspired microfluidics. The topics range from basic studies of nature’s microfluidic principles, to manufacturing approaches for realizing micropumps, -mixers, or –valves inspired by nature, to bioinspired surface design for droplet or fluid manipulation, to nature-inspired material systems for microfluidics applications, to microfluidic applications based on principles borrowed from biology.
We believe that this initiative will fill an important gap in biomimetic microfluidics and will stimulate the enthusiastic and inspiring contributions of leading experts in the field.Prof. Dr. Ir. J.M.J. (Jaap) den Toonder
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- responsive materials
- droplet control
- stokes flow
- surface energy control
- capillary flow