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Special Issue "Surface Acoustic Wave Biosensors and Microfluidic Devices"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Marco Cecchini

National Enterprise for nanoScience and nanoTechnology (NEST), Scuola Normale Superiore and Istituto Nanoscienze-CNR, Piazza San Silvestro 12, 56127 Pisa, Italy
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Interests: nanostructured biomaterials for brain pathologies and nerve regeneration; designing, production and testing of surface-acoustic-wave-driven microfluidic devices for lab-on-chip and biosensing applications

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Detecting analytes in extremely small sample quantities is one of the primary goals of the biosensor research community. The dream is to develop cheap, portable, automated microfluidic systems that can detect ultra-low concentrations of different particles in gaseous or liquid environments (e.g., molecular biomarkers for diseases, toxic gases for environmental control and safety, contaminants for water quality) without analyte-labelling (label-free), but the challenge is very high.

One of the enabling technologies can be identified in Surface Acoustic Waves (SAWs). SAWs can be exploited to effectively interact with fluids and particles in microscale devices, and, with a different configuration, to act as biosensors. Moreover, they can be controlled wirelessly and fabricated by using well-established CMOS planar techniques and on flexible substrates.

This Special Issue will highlight methods and emerging challenges in developing this technology, with the goal of informing readers on the current state-of-the-art and beyond.

Authors are encouraged to submit novel research papers and reviews, with areas of focus that include, but are not limited to:

    1. Surface Acoustic Waves as a biosensing tool: SAW biosensors, SAW-actuated biosensors, SAW interaction with biological species (e.g., cells), functionalization strategies, multiplexing strategies, integration methods;
    2. Surface Acoustic Waves microfluidics for breakthrough applications: SAW-induced acoustophoretic devices, SAW-induced acoustic streaming devices, SAW-enhanced biosensing technologies, SAW-actuators, multiplexing strategies, sample preparation.
    3. Surface acoustic wave–fluid interaction and biosensing: Modeling/simulation.

Dr. Marco Cecchini
Guest Editor

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  • surface acoustic waves
  • acoustophoresis
  • acoustic streaming
  • microfluidics
  • lab-on-a-chip
  • biosensors
  • micropumping
  • micromixing
  • on chip particle sorting
  • microactuators
  • multiplexing

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