Special Issue "Microfluidic Devices for Biomedical Applications and Pathogen Detection"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "E:Engineering and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Chin Hong Ooi
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Guest Editor
Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia
Interests: liquid marbles; digital microfluidics; lab-on-a-chip devices; 3D printing; optical tensiometry; electrostatics; dielectrophoresis; colloids and interface science; 3D cell culture; cell stretching
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Dr. Sreejith Kamalalayam Rajan
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Guest Editor
Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, 170 Kessels Rd, Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia
Interests: liquid-marble-based digital microfluidics; conventional microfluidics; point-of-care diagnostics; lab-on-a-chip devices; biomedical instrumentation; customized instrument design

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Microfluidics has revolutionized the area of disease diagnosis and pathogen detection in the last two decades. Biomedical microdevices and point-of-care diagnostic tools developed using microfluidic techniques have made a significant impact in recent years. Advancements in conventional continuous flow microfluidics, digital microfluidics, paper-based microfluidics, liquid marbles, and core–shell beads-based microfluidics have made their contribution to this “microfluidics revolution” in biomedical applications and pathogen detection. Conventional microfluidic devices are famous for their significantly low use of reagents, compactness, and ease of handling compared to their conventional counterparts. Recently, the development of liquid-marbles-based microfluidics and microfluidic techniques based on core–shell beads were proven to be the most environmentally friendly platforms compared to conventional techniques. Accordingly, this Special Issue invites papers reporting novel microfluidic devices and/or techniques with specific applications in biomedical engineering, point-of-care disease diagnosis, and pathogen detection.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Dr. Chin Hong Ooi
Dr. Sreejith Kamalalayam Rajan
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Microfluidic Devices
  • Point of care disease diagnosis
  • Lab on a Chip
  • Biomedical microdevices

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A Portable Device for LAMP Based Detection of SARS-CoV-2
Micromachines 2021, 12(10), 1151; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/mi12101151 - 24 Sep 2021
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This paper reports the design, development, and testing of a novel, yet simple and low-cost portable device for the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2. The device performs loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) and provides visually distinguishable images of the fluorescence emitted from the samples. [...] Read more.
This paper reports the design, development, and testing of a novel, yet simple and low-cost portable device for the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2. The device performs loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) and provides visually distinguishable images of the fluorescence emitted from the samples. The device utilises an aluminium block embedded with a cartridge heater for isothermal heating of the sample and a single-board computer and camera for fluorescence detection. The device demonstrates promising results within 20 min using clinically relevant starting concentrations of the synthetic template. Time-to-signal data for this device are considerably lower compared to standard quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction(qPCR) machine (~10–20 min vs. >38 min) for 1 × 102 starting template copy number. The device in its fully optimized and characterized state can potentially be used as simple to operate, rapid, sensitive, and inexpensive platform for population screening as well as point-of-need severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) detection and patient management. Full article
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