Advances in Polymer-Based Materials and Fabrication Processes for Microfluidic Applications II

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Polymer Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2024 | Viewed by 401

Special Issue Editors

1. CMEMS-UMinho, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Azurém, 4800-058 Guimarães, Portugal
2. CF-UM-UP, Centro de Física, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Interests: microfluidics; micro and nanostructured materials; smart and functional materials; biomedicine
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BCMaterials, Basque Center for Materials, Applications and Nanostructures, UPV/EHU Science Park, 48940 Leioa, Spain
Interests: multifunctional materials; smart materials; energy storage; energy harvesting; sensors; actuators
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The microfluidic field is attracting increasing attention and activity in a wide variety of scientific areas, as it provides miniaturized and powerful alternative platforms for conventional analysis techniques. However, despite the initial success of the field and active academic developments, there is a strong need for new concepts, materials, and fabrication processes in order to successfully reach widespread applications. The limitations of microfluidic technologies are mainly related to materials and fabrication processes to develop and implement microfluidic platforms. Thus, the area of microfluidics has a need for novel materials, as an alternative to the commonly used silicon, glass, and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), as well as innovative and cost-effective fabrication methods. The wide range of polymer properties, their typically low costs, and the development of suitable polymer microfabrication methods, including printing technologies, have attracted increasing interest in this field, as they pave the way for the high-volume production of disposable microfluidic devices with tailored properties and specifications, which allows their further successful commercialization. 

This Special Issue aims to highlight the latest advances on the subject, from the development of materials to advanced processing technologies and practical applications of these polymer-based microfluidic platforms. Thus, all manuscripts reporting original research, short communications, state-of-the art reviews, and perspectives on the latest developments in polymer-based materials for microfluidic applications are welcome. 

The second edition of this Special Issue is a continuation of the first volume in Polymers. During the paper invitation process for the first volume, we found that many manuscripts were more relevant to microfluidic devices than polymer-based materials, so we initiated this joint Special Issue with the journal Micromachines to attract more papers within this topic. 

We look forward to receiving contributions on such interesting topics.

You may choose our Joint Special Issue in Micromachines.

Dr. Vanessa F. Cardoso
Dr. Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • polymers and polymeric materials 
  • composites and nanocomposites 
  • smart and functional properties 
  • processing and fabrication 
  • microfluidic 
  • lab-on-a-chip 
  • biomedical applications 
  • environmental applications 
  • technologically relevant applications

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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