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Special Issue "Microfluidic Platforms for Environmental Monitoring and Medical Diagnostics"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Biosensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. P. Ravi Selvaganapathy

Department of Mechanical Engineering and School of Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L7, Canada
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Interests: Micro/Nanofabrication; Bioprinting; Biomedical Microdevices; Microelectromechanical Systems; Microfluidics; Medical and Environmental Sensors; Smart Textiles; Artificial Organs

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microfluidics has been used to create a variety of platform technologies that have broad applications in the fields of environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics. These platforms miniaturize and automate the sample preparation to convert raw samples such as water, blood, urine, saliva, and sweat to a form that is conducive to reliable measurements using sensors. A variety of microfabrication processes, substrate materials, transduction methods, and integration techniques have been used to build a wide variety of microfluidic components and systems for this purpose. Several transduction methods including colorimetric, optical, electrochemical, chemiresistive, and electronic, in addition to other novel schemes, have been used for sensing.

In this Special Issue, we seek a collection of articles that describe the latest developments in this field, highlight key issues or challenges, and showcase recent work and emerging trends. These include review articles that synthesize and organize the research and development in these application areas as well as original research papers that present novel design concepts, fabrication methods, or new areas of application of microfluidic technology in environmental monitoring or medical diagnostics.

Prof. P. Ravi Selvaganapathy
Guest Editor

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  • sensing technologies and platforms
  • sample preparation
  • fabrication technologies and platforms
  • system integration
  • microfluidic components
  • microfabrication techniques
  • additive manufacturing of sensors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: A Microfluidic Chip for the fast Quantification of Ammonia Nitrogen in Water

Author: Bing Sun

Abstract: Ammonia nitrogen is one of the main oxygen-consuming pollutants in water. Excess amount of ammonia nitrogen in water body will lead to eutrophication and pernicious effects to aquatic lives. Ammonia nitrogen concentration is one of the important indicators for water pollution. Therefore accurate and rapid quantification of ammonia nitrogen in water is of great significance. Herein we developed a polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microfluidic device via CNC carving, surface modification, and reagent embedding. The detection reagent was pre-positioned in the microchannels, with subsequent capillary diffusion and turbulent scouring to promote dissolving and reacting. The quantitative determination of ammonia nitrogen concentration in the range of 0.6-10 ppm was achieved within 5 minutes. Further combined with a hand-held spectrophotometer, the rapid and portable detection of ammonia nitrogen in water could be realized.
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