Special Issue "Advances in Microseparation Technology"

A special issue of Bioengineering (ISSN 2306-5354).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2018).

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Prof. Dr. Jochen Strube
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Institute for Separation and Process Technology, Clausthal University of Technology, Leibnizstraße 15, 38678 Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany
Interests: sustainable manufacturing technologies for biologics and botanicals; key enabling technologies to industrialize innovative manufacturing technologies under QbD-demands; upstream and downstream process integration; model-based process design; quality by design (QbD); continuous bioprocessing (CBP); big data; hybrid models
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Dear Colleagues

Needs in novel white and red biotechnology process applications, which are derived from large social needs related to, e.g., the bio-based world and innovative medicine initiatives, are causing new challenging separation tasks of high volume/low cost, as well as low volume/high value products at a reduced cost-of-goods. Therefore, improvements in efficient downstream processing technologies for biotechnology process development and manufacturing are still key-issues under research and development. Process intensification focuses on process integration using consistent design methods for hybrid separations and optimal total process integration methods, based on process modeling, as well as process enhancement activities, such as micro-/milli-structured devices, ultra-sound, microwave, pulsed-electric-field enhances mass transfer and/or novel separation media, e.g., nano-scaled and/or selectivity/capacity enhanced.

Recently, micro-/milli-structured devices have been invented and characterized for different process applications, such as chromatography, membranes, precipitation/crystallization, as well as liquid–liquid extraction and distillation. Novel media have been introduced and mass transfer enhancing energy input described.

Nevertheless, further activities are needed to make design methods, materials and devices more applicable for the community in order to speed up industrialization. Especially in regulated industries, any change in process development and manufacturing technology has to be convincing for regulatory authorities and, therefore, applicants based on sound scientific methods related to consistent transparent data-driven decisions.

This Special Issue will help to bridge the gap between fundamental academia research and industrial utilization. Therefore, any contributions related to the above-mentioned topics and applications are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Jochen Strube
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The first round submission deadline: 30 September 2017

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  • Biotechnology
  • Process Intensification
  • Micro Technology
  • Downstream Processing

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Microfluidic Adaptation of Density-Gradient Centrifugation for Isolation of Particles and Cells
Bioengineering 2017, 4(3), 67; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/bioengineering4030067 - 02 Aug 2017
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Density-gradient centrifugation is a label-free approach that has been extensively used for cell separations. Though elegant, this process is time-consuming (>30 min), subjects cells to high levels of stress (>350 g) and relies on user skill to enable fractionation of cells that layer [...] Read more.
Density-gradient centrifugation is a label-free approach that has been extensively used for cell separations. Though elegant, this process is time-consuming (>30 min), subjects cells to high levels of stress (>350 g) and relies on user skill to enable fractionation of cells that layer as a narrow band between the density-gradient medium and platelet-rich plasma. We hypothesized that microfluidic adaptation of this technique could transform this process into a rapid fractionation approach where samples are separated in a continuous fashion while being exposed to lower levels of stress (<100 g) for shorter durations of time (<3 min). To demonstrate proof-of-concept, we designed a microfluidic density-gradient centrifugation device and constructed a setup to introduce samples and medium like Ficoll in a continuous, pump-less fashion where cells and particles can be exposed to centrifugal force and separated via different outlets. Proof-of-concept studies using binary mixtures of low-density polystyrene beads (1.02 g/cm3) and high-density silicon dioxide beads (2.2 g/cm3) with Ficoll–Paque (1.06 g/cm3) show that separation is indeed feasible with >99% separation efficiency suggesting that this approach can be further adapted for separation of cells. Full article
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