Special Issue "Microfluidics for Controllable Synthesis and Applications of Micro-/nanomaterials"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Nanjing Hao
Guest Editor
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States
Interests: microfluidics; acoustofluidics; lab on a chip; chemical engineering; microreactor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The emergence of microfluidics brings a variety of new and attractive features that conventional batch systems can hardly achieve. This Special Issue aims to consider the current technological advances of microfluidic approaches in the synthesis of functional micro-/nanomaterials (such as polymer, silica, gold, quantum dots, ZnO, iron oxide, and silver), as well as their applications for biomedical, catalysis, environment, and energy.

The past two decades have witnessed a considerable progress in the research and development of microfluidic systems for controllable synthesis and applications of functional organic and inorganic materials. From upstream materials synthesis aspect, microfluidics-based microreactors could offer many unique advantages over conventional flask-based batch reactors. For example, rapid reaction kinetics and dedicated control of reaction parameters enable fast screening and optimization of material properties; greatly reduced reactor dimensions and large surface-to-volume ratio of microchannels allow enhanced mass/heat transfer, leading to minimal batch-to-batch difference and high yields; and working at elevated temperatures and pressures while confining potentially active starting reactants gives great chances to create new materials. Therefore, microreactors have been widely employed for the controllable synthesis of polymers, gold, silver, quantum dots, silica materials, and so on. Similarly, from downstream application aspect, microfluidics-based microchips could provide many superior benefits over conventional batch approaches, such as high sensitivity and specificity, rapid response time, simple sample pretreatment, and low sample consumption. These features endow microchips with promising potential applications in sensing, catalysis, nanomedicine, drug delivery, tissue engineering, and many other fields.

This Special Issue collection will provide up-to-date information on microfluidics-enabled synthesis and applications of micro-/nanomaterials. This Special Issue welcomes all submissions focused on the present trends and future perspectives of microfluidic technology.

Dr. Nanjing Hao
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • microfluidics
  • nanofluidics
  • microreactor
  • droplet flow
  • laminar flow
  • polymer materials
  • colloidal materials
  • biomedical application
  • environment
  • drug delivery
  • energy
  • biosensing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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