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Special Issue "Microfluidics for Soft Matter and Mechanobiology"
A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 November 2019.
Microfluidics has served as a useful platform to understand the material properties and technical applications of soft matter, including hydrogels, polymer solutions, emulsions, and colloidal suspensions. The study of the characteristics of soft matter, like viscoelasticity, non-Newtonian fluid mechanics, and deformation has greatly benefitted from using microfluidics to accurately control conditions in time and space. Under constrained microfluidic conditions, the dynamics of soft matter are monitored by direct visualization or by microrheology to track and quantify the movement of probes.
Microfluidics has also served as a useful platform to study biological cell and tissues systems, including mechanobiology. Using microfluidics, external mechanical stress is regulated in physiologically-relevant systems for studying cells, tissues and organisms to understand how mechanical cues are sensed and transduced into biochemical and electrical signals that influence mechano-transduction in processes such as cell proliferation, migration and fate determination. Furthermore, the characteristics of soft matter are exploited when combined with microfluidic platforms to mimic in-vivo microenviroments like extracellular matrix to directly test the influence of mechanical cues such as softness and elasticity. In addition, microfluidics platforms enable us to measure the mechanical properties of cells by establishing defined flow or confined microstructures through viscoelastic particles/cells focusing and droplet microfluidics. Finally, the 3D bio-printing of soft matter via microdevices has become widely employed.
In this Special Issue, we highlight recent progress in microfluidics with research papers, short communications, and review articles that focus on novel methodological developments and applications of microfluidics devices for soft matter and mechanobiology, as well as emerging intriguing phenomena of soft matter in microfluidics.
Dr. Sung Sik Lee
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 1400 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.
- Soft matter
- Viscoelastic microfluidics
- Droplet microfluidics