Microfluidic technologies are key in the development of novel applications in different fields. In the field of separation, microfluidics-based nano- and micro-scale membranes or separation systems provide superior control over the physico-chemical characteristics of the final product. Microfluidics provide a physiological microenvironment close to reality capable of reproducing biological and physical properties (i.e., organ-on-chip) and use biomimetic approaches for separation or classification. Microfluidic systems are also the basis to reduce the time-to-market in the development of new diagnosis tools or even the first step towards personalized medicine. Furthermore, significant efforts have been devoted to the development of miniaturized systems for localized, controlled delivery of pharmaceutical agents to cells and/or tissues or for the separation of undesired particles. These are some of the applications where appropriate filtration to minute particles needs to be eliminated but microfluidic-membranes-based technology is expanding the number of applications to other fields and is more industry driven.
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In this Special Issue, we aim to showcase research papers, short communications, and review articles focusing on the development of microfluidics-based technologies applied to membranes relevant either for clinical safety, localized delivery/storage of target cells and/or tissues or particular points of interest in environment/system or industrial applications. We particularly welcome contributions dealing with ongoing challenges and focusing on translational research.
Novel and Challenging ideas may be selected for publications without article processing charges.
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