Special Issue "Viscoelastic Microfluidics and Cell Sorting"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2023) | Viewed by 6563
Interests: microfluidics; lab on a chip technology; droplet emulsions
Interests: microfluidics; lab-on-a-chip; point-of-care biosensors
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Cell sorting is indispensable in biomedical research and clinical applications, such as blood sorting for diagnosis and therapeutics. In the past decades, numerous microfluidic platforms including both active and passive approaches have been developed for improving the cell-sorting performance as well as for enabling unprecedented applications of cell sorting, including the isolation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and exosomes for cancer disease management.
While these platforms are highly efficient and/or high throughput, most of them are designed to work with samples exhibiting properties of Newtonian fluid. However, most of the unmodified biological samples such as blood, saliva, and cytoplasma are non-Newtonian and viscoelastic in nature. The pretreatment to render a sample into Newtonian fluid is required in these platforms before cell sorting. However, such pretreatment is not preferred for processing real-world samples, as it can be time-consuming and lead to added risks which could compromise the end results. Therefore, microfluidic methods which leverage the inherent nature of the biosamples and thus eliminate sample pretreatment are the ongoing direction of the field of cell sorting.
The emerging viscoelastic microfluidics, shear-induced diffusion (SID) devices as well as the active method based on lateral cavity acoustic transducers (LCAT) are the few examples of the ongoing research toward the elimination of sample pretreatments for cell sorting. Meanwhile, synthetic microparticles are continuously used for prototyping microfluidic devices, and numerical simulation is increasingly employed for improving the fundamental understanding of the physics behind microfluidic focusing and sorting phenomena.
As such, this Special Issue seeks to showcase research papers, communications, and review articles that focus on novel microfluidic approaches that utilize the properties of biological samples for high-performance cell sorting, and that investigate the fundamental physics of the cell focusing phenomena in microflows, with special emphasis on the utilization of fluid viscoelasticity for cell focusing and sorting. This Special Issue welcomes manuscripts with topics including, but not limited to, the following:
- Viscoelastic and elasto-inertial flows;
- Particle migration, focusing, and/or separation;
- Numerical simulation in particle migration;
- Blood sorting (e.g., plasma, leukocytes, CTCs);
- Hybrid methods for cell sorting;
- Bacteria, exosome, or nanoparticle separation.
Prof. Dr. Abraham Lee
Prof. Dr. Ian Papautsky
Dr. Jian Zhou
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- viscoelastic focusing
- blood sorting
- bacteria separation
- circulating tumor cells
- leukocyte separation
- cell sorting
- elasto-inertial migration
- numerical simulation