Special Issue "Polymer Based Microsystems"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "D:Materials and Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Rafael Taboryski

Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby, Denmark
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Interests: Micro- and nanofabrication; microfluidics; polymer micro- and nanosystems; surface engineering; surface wetting

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Research within micro-systems engineering targeting, for example, biomedical or biotech applications, has to a large extent, moved from silica-based to polymer-based materials platforms. This trend is partly driven by the need to lower entry barriers for commercialization and to ease design-for-manufacturability of bio-MEMS, microfluidics, and lab-on-chip systems. However, one of the main challenges of shifting to a polymer platform is the technology barrier that exists between flexible proof-of-principle approaches and high-volume, low-cost, production friendly, but less flexible approaches. Moreover, the architectures of micro-systems targeting specific applications usually impose very special requirements making standardization almost impossible. More research on polymer micro-systems is thus required. With this Special Issue, we welcome research papers that address the above-mentioned challenges. We will consider the full breadth of research papers on polymer microsystems, from engineering papers to more application-focused papers in which a polymer materials platform is employed.

Dr. Rafael Taboryski
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • polymer microsystems
  • lab-on-chip
  • microfluidics
  • bio-MEMS
  • point-of-care diagnostics
  • high throughput screening
  • cell culturing
  • bio-sensors
  • electrophysiology
  • electrochemical sensors

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A Flexible Piezoelectric Nanogenerator Based on Aligned P(VDF-TrFE) Nanofibers
Micromachines 2019, 10(5), 302; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi10050302
Received: 13 March 2019 / Revised: 28 April 2019 / Accepted: 30 April 2019 / Published: 5 May 2019
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Abstract
Aligned P(VDF-TrFE) nanofibers are successfully fabricated by advanced electrospinning. The aligned feature of the nanofibers is achieved by using parallel electrodes, which is fabricated by lithography and wet etching, and a rotating drum collector. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images show that the nanofibers [...] Read more.
Aligned P(VDF-TrFE) nanofibers are successfully fabricated by advanced electrospinning. The aligned feature of the nanofibers is achieved by using parallel electrodes, which is fabricated by lithography and wet etching, and a rotating drum collector. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) images show that the nanofibers are highly ordered with a smooth surface and uniform diameter. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared spectrum (FTIR) tests indicate that the fibers contain high β phase content. The nanogenerator based on aligned P(VDF-TrFE) nanofibers exhibits good electric performance with a maximum output voltage as high as 12 V and peak-peak short circuit current about 150 nA, highlighting the potential application of P(VDF-TrFE) on self-powered and wearable devices. Full article
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