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Special Issue "MFHS 2019"
A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.
Interests: design, modeling, fabrication, and application of microfluidic handling systems; MEMS thermal and Coriolis flow sensors and controllers; MEMS pressure sensors; MEMS control valves; micromachined flow analysis systems; multiparameter flow measurement systems; micro Wobbe index meters
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Special Issue in Sensors: Micromachined Flow Sensors
Special Issue in Sensors: Microfluidic Mass Flow and Multi-Parameter Sensors
This Special Issue will publish both selected papers from the 4th International Conference on Microfluidic Handling Systems (www.mfhs2019.org, 2–4 October, 2019, Enschede, The Netherlands) and external contributions. Manuscripts submitted to the journal Micromachines should be extended by at least 40% compared with that of the conference proceedings.
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, nutrition supply and waste drainage in organ-on-a-chip 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, biogas and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), monitoring of ground water pollution, improving semiconductor equipment for e.g. etching and deposition, 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 four major trends: (1) a need for accurate measurement and calibration facilities; (2) a need for complete functional systems rather than for the individual components; (3) commercialisation of academic research results, and (4) standardisation of fabrication technology & materials, modules & connections, and quality assurance & test equipment. In the future, the impact of this field of research may become bigger and potentially large target markets may arise, especially when spin-off companies start manufacturing and selling their products, systems or pilot plants.
The 4th International Conference on Microfluidic Handling Systems (MFHS 2019) 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., analysis, dosing, measurement and control) of (extremely) small mass flow rates of both gases and liquids, and corresponding measurement and control principles, including but not limited to:
- Thermal, ultrasonic, Coriolis and other principles for flow measurement
- Piezo-electric, electromagnetic, electrostatic and other principles for flow control
- Electronic instrumentation, closed loop control systems
- Innovative methods in calibration equipment and methodology
- Micro- and nanomachining, 3D printing and other fabrication technologies
- Device or wafer level characterization, packaging and testing
- Application proposals
The topics include, but are not limited to:
- Sensors: Flow, pressure, viscosity, temperature, conductivity, heat capacity, density, pH, refractive index
- Actuators: Valves, pumps, mixers, dispensers, droplet generators
- Interfaces: Electronic instrumentation, fluidic connections, assembly, packaging, testing
- Fluidic control systems: Mass flow controllers, precision mixing, dosing and dispensing, calibration, multiparameter systems, evaporators
- Applications: Gas chromatographs, liquid chromatographs, medical analyses, micro reaction systems, bio-analytical systems, flow chemistry, organ-on-a-chip, production of pharmaceuticals
Prof. Dr. Joost Lötters
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Micromachines is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.