Special Issue "Sustainable Medical Device Design"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 April 2019).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Beelee Chua
Guest Editor
School of Electrical Engineering, Korea University, 145 Anam-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 02841, Korea
Interests: wearable diagnostics and therapeutics; disposable devices; edible sensors; insulin pumps; glucose sensors
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Prof. Dr. David C.K. Ng
Guest Editor
Department of Biomedical Engineering, Shantou University, Guangdong 515063, China
Interests: medical implants; human–machine interface; neural rehabilitation technologies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Medical device industry is one of the last technological frontiers to embrace sustainability. Its undisputed necessity as a pillar to the growth of modern civilization has enabled it to design and manufacture devices in vast quantities with scant regards to their environmental implications. Our mass consensus to the sterility and efficacy of medical devices have largely justified its current but unsustainable design paradigm. Used and discarded devices are simply reconsigned as biohazard waste. As far as the public eye is concerned, they simply vanished. However their fate, however willing we wish to forget, eventually make itself felt through the ever growing landfills of syringes and gloves, and floating plastics and silicone tubings in our oceans.

With this inaugural special issue and your contribution, we will embark to challenge the tradition and legacy of existing medical device design paradigm. We will highlight the possibility and need for the inclusion of sustainability to the existing design considerations of cost, efficacy, safety and ease of approval.

We welcome original submissions on sustainable designs or improvement of Class I, II and III (US FDA), EN 13795 certified (EU) as well as other certifiable devices, including but not limited to disposable plastic clamps, gloves, packaging, wipes, catheters, implants, suturing tools, insulin pumps and sensors. Clinical data are welcome but not essential for consideration. Materials and device characterization data from companies who have embraced sustainability are also welcome. Opinions or reviews by industry experts, particularly consultation firms, will also be considered.


Shao, J.; Li, K.H.H.; Son, A.; Chua, B. (2020) Self-powered insulin patch pump with superabsorbent polymer as biodegradable battery substitute, Journal of Materials Chemistry B, doi.org/10.1039/D0TB00385A

Lee, D.; Chua, B. (2019) Gummy bear-based gnathodynamometer for masticatory diagnostics, Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 290, pp. 80-89

Matsuda, Y.; Sakai, K.; Yamaguchi, H.; Niimi, T.(2019) Electrophoretic separation on an origami paper-based analytical device using a portable power bank,  Sensors, 19, pp. 1724

Smith, S.; Korvink, J.G.; Mager, D.; Land, K. (2018) The potential of paper-based diagnostics to meet the ASSURED criteria, RSC Adv., 8, pp. 34012-34034

Dr. Beelee Chua
Prof. Dr. David C.K. Ng
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • diagnostics
  • therapeutics
  • intervention
  • implantables
  • wearable
  • biodegradable
  • disposable
  • paper based
  • reusable
  • sterilization techniques
  • biomaterials
  • 3D printed
  • green packaging
  • self-cleaning

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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