Special Issue "Droplet Microfluidics: A Tool for Biology, Chemistry and Materials Engineering"
A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2021.
Interests: microfluidics; emulsions; membranes; colloid and interface science; nanoprecipitation; microencapsulation; microparticles; carbon capture; healthcare engineering
Interests: microfluidics; colloid and interface science; soft matter; synthetic biology; emulsions; lipid membranes; particle manipulation; optical tweezers; optical microscopy; microfabrication
Droplet microfluidics is a branch of fluid mechanics, soft condensed matter physics, and microtechnology dealing with droplet generation and manipulation in micrometre-sized structures. Droplets can be generated in microfluidic systems using a variety of different geometries and methods, such as on-demand droplet dispensing, electrowetting processes, microfluidic junctions, flow focusing channels, terrace and edge-based structures, air nozzles, and membrane emulsification. Applications of droplet microfluidics benefit from the ability of microfluidic systems to generate and manipulate droplets in a highly controllable fashion and to incorporate, integrate and synchronise numerous operations and processes within a single microfabricated entity, including droplet generation, indexing, splitting, merging, reagent dosing, encapsulating, incubating, analysing, sorting and manipulating under various fields (electric, acoustic, magnetic, optical, temperature, etc.) either in closed or open systems. Further, droplets can serve as microreactors for chemical and biochemical synthesis, analysis and diagnostics or templates for the synthesis of advanced and functional materials and bio-materials.
The main aims of the Special Issue “Droplet Microfluidics: A Tool for Biology, Chemistry and Materials Engineering” is to be an open forum where researchers may share their investigations and findings in this promising field and, thanks to the open access platform, increase their visibility and the chances to interact with industries and academics. Contributions to this issue, both in the form of original research or review articles, may cover all aspects of droplet generation and manipulation in microfluidic systems ranging from fundamental aspects and modelling of droplet generation and manipulation to various applications in chemistry, biology and physics such as (but not limited to) chemical synthesis and micromixing within droplets, imaging, high-throughput screening, in vitro compartmentalisation and digestion, single-cell encapsulation, production of nanoparticles and microparticles, synthesis of cell and tissue mimics and drug delivery systems. Contributions may also deal with droplet microfluidic methods and microfabrication of droplet microfluidic systems. Multidisciplinary studies offering new methodologies or insights and emerging applications such as digital microfluidics and synthetic biology applications are particularly welcome.
Dr. Goran T. Vladisavljević
Dr. Guido Bolognesi
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Microfabricated channels
- Lab on a chip
- Droplet generation
- Droplet manipulation
- Particle synthesis
- High-throughput screening
- Drug synthesis and discovery
- Drug delivery
- Small-molecule detection
- Single-cell encapsulation
- Lipid membranes