Webinar on

Microfluidics & Nanofluidics

Zurich, Switzerland   September 25, 2020

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Euro Microfluidics 2020

Theme: An Approach to Better Understand the Micro Mechanics of Fluids

Webinar on Microfluidics and Nanofluidics scheduled on September 25, 2020. This Webinar will unite Engineers, driving analysts, researchers and scientists in the area of interest from all over the world. This would provide a platform to discussion and exchange of ideas and experiences, and exploration of future research avenues in various fields of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics.

It includes a wide range of Keynote presentations, Oral talks and Career development programs. The key objective of Meetings Int. is to provide the communication between science and engineering research among the Academic and Industrial Community. This webinar could be an excellent occasion that brings along novel and worldwide blend of monster, driving colleges and Institutions making the gathering a perfect stage to share mastery, encourage coordinated efforts over the world and reveal advancements in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics.

Scientific Sessions

Session 1: Microfluidics Research & Advances

Microfluidics identifies with outline and study of devices which move or analyze tiny amount of fluid, smaller than a droplet. Microfluidic conferences deals with the advance research and its devices have micro-channels running from submicron to couple of millimeters. To compare, human hair is around 100 micron thick. Microfluidics has been highly utilized as a part of the biological sciences, controlled examinations can be led at bring down cost and quicker pace. Lab-on-a-Chip devices utilize microfluidics for applications, for example, Point-of-Care testing of infections, or Organ-on-a-Chip considers.

Session 2: Biosensors & Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies

Biosensor technology, in principle, could provide rapid, label-free measurements, which can be conducted in highly automatable configurations. Furthermore, the possibility for multiplexing tests using generic sensing physics is certainly an attractive strategy. Lab-on-a-chip (LOC) innovation, microfluidics has been improved by the coordination of different discovery devices for analyte location and quantitation.The applications of such microfluidic platforms are greatly increased in the area of biosensors geared towards point-of-care diagnostics. Together, the merger of microfluidics and biosensors has created miniaturized devices for test processing and sensitive detection with quantitation. It is relevant to a variety of disciplines, such as medical science, clinical diagnostics, LOC technologies including MEMs/NEMs, and analytical science.

  • Acoustofluidics
  • Analytical Nanotechnologies
  • Biofabrication and Manufacturing
  • Sample Preparation
  • Single Cell Analysis

Session 3: 3D-Printing of Microfluidics Devices

Microfluidics empowers the downscaling of biochemical applications from a lab setting to a portable format. With the field’s recent switch from replica molding to 3D printing, complex geometries can be created and a different scope of functional Components has been reported. Recent innovations in the development of 3D printed sensors, actuators, and other valuable elements for microfluidic devices are explained. Using movable parts, such as valves or pumps, fluid flow can be precisely controlled and directed. Sensors, in turn, allow for the detection of changes in the engineered microenvironment in real time. Further elements, such as mixers or gradient generators, facilitate changes within the fluid itself. It is predicted that the broad selection of 3D printing in microfluidics will ultimately allow the creation of a new generation of increasingly smart, responsive, and autonomous or Self-governing devices, able to sense and act upon their environment in complex ways and with decreased human intervention.

Session 4: Droplet-based, Digital & Centrifugal Microfluidics

Droplet-based digital microfluidics is a subject with growing relevance to biological, chemical, and health-science fields. The high accuracy and magnificent economy of such systems are unparalleled. There are, however, fundamental challenges related to actuation and sensing in terms of system scalability, and these challenges are addressed within this chapter. In particular, a new digital microfluidics multiplexer is shown to overcome contemporary on-chip micro drop motion addressability issues and eliminate droplet interference challenges. Simultaneously, an integrated folded-cavity optical sensor provides highly localized and sensitive probing of internal fluid refractive indices. The complete framework offers improved micro drop motion and detecting capabilities for future lab-on-a-chip technologies.

Session 5:Tissue Engineering

The use of microfluidic devices for tissue engineering is explained in this session. In tissue engineering, different application areas of microfluidic devices are examined.These are methods for designing cells, topographical control over cells and tissues, and bioreactors. Models where microfluidic devices have been employed are presented such as basal lamina, vascular tissue, liver, bone, cartilage and neurons. Major contributions are expected in two regions. The first, is development of complex tissue, where microfluidic structures guarantee a steady blood supply, thereby notable well-known problem of providing larger tissue structures with a continuous flow of oxygen and nutrition, and withdrawal of waste products. The second and likely progressively significant function of microfluidics, combined with micro/nanotechnology, lies in the improvement of in vitro physiological frameworks for studying fundamental biological phenomena.

Session 6: Droplet-Based Microfluidics

Droplet based microfluidics is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of research combining soft matter physics, biochemistry and microsystems engineering. Its applications range from quick analytical systems or the synthesis of advanced materials to protein crystallization and biological assays for living cells. Precise control of droplet volumes and reliable manipulation of individual droplets such as coalescence, mixing of their contents, and sorting in combination with fast analysis tools allow us to perform chemical reactions inside the droplets under defined conditions. Since geometry and wetting properties of the microfluidics channels are crucial factors for droplet generation, it briefly describes typical; device fabrication methods in droplet based microfluidics. Examples of applications and reaction schemes which rely on the discussed manipulation techniques are also presented, such as the fabrication of special materials and biophysical experiments.

Session 7: Nanofluidics & Fluid Dynamics

In light of the small scale of the fluid channels, electric fields must often be used to transport fluids particularly at the nanoscale.This  implies the fluids must be electrically conducting, and so microfluidics and nanofluidics require the user to be literate in fluid mechanics, heat and mass exchange, electrostatics, electrokinetics, electrochemistry, and if biomolecules are involved, molecular biology.

Session 8: Novel Micro Sampling, Separation & Detections

Most fluids show laminar behavior in miniature flow structures with channel cross-sections below 0.5 mm. Various layers of miscible fluids and particles can stream by one another in a microchannel without any mixing other than by diffusion. Small particles diffuse faster than larger ones, which allow separation of particles by size. It is conceivable to design fluidic microchips in which separations, chemical reactions, and calibration-free analytical measurements can be performed directly in extremely little quantities of complex samples for example, whole blood and contaminated environmental samples. The state-of-art of microfluidic devices for molecular bioanalysis with a focus on the key functionalities that have been successfully integrated in the chip, such as preconcentration, separation, and detection.

Session 9: Point of Care Technologies

Point-of-care testing (POCT) is necessary to provide a rapid diagnostic result for a prompt on-site diagnosis and treatment. A quick analysis time and high sensitivity, with a sample-to-answer format, are the most important features for current POCT diagnostic systems. Microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies have been considered as one of the promising solutions that can meet the requirement of the POCT since they can miniaturize and integrate most of the functional modules used in central laboratories into a small chip. This review covers recent advances in POCT technologies with an emphasis on demonstrated and commercially available POCT diagnostic systems with laboratory quality using microfluidic lab-on-a-chip technologies. As working principles and required functional modules depend on target analytes, we categorize the applications of the POCT diagnostic systems according to the analyte types such as proteins, cells, nucleic acids, and metabolites. In each analyte category, detection methods, configuration of POCT lab-on-a-chip modules, and advantages and disadvantages of POCT systems are reviewed and discussed along with future prospects.

Session 10: Microfluidics in Drug Delivery & Formulations

Drug discovery and development are key topics nowadays, indeed, they represent one of the most expensive investment for every government in the world. In this challenge, the development of new delivery techniques is crucial as most drugs fail to achieve encouraging clinical results due to the fact that they do not reach the site of interest. As microfluidics is the science of manipulating extremely low quantities of fluids,its employment seems natural in drug administering. Indeed, microfluidics is characterized by some key features which are really helpful when dealing with drug delivery, such as improved mass transfer which reduces mixing time, high surface to volume ratio which improves heat exchange proprieties, precise control over flow, deterministic flow i.e. low Reynolds numbers and hence laminar flow, small reagent quantity, continuous regime, ease of production, costs, etc.

MARKET ANALYSIS REPORT:

The report "Microfluidics Market by application (genomics, proteomics, capillary electrophoresis, IVD (POC, clinical diagnostics), drug delivery, microreactor, lab tests), component (chips, pump, needle), material (polymer, glass, silicon) - Global Forecast to 2023", The microfluidics market is expected to reach USD 27.91 Billion by 2023 from an estimated USD 10.06 Billion in 2019, at a CAGR of 22.6%. The growing use of polymers is expected to lower the price of microfluidic products. In addition to this, growing investments, favourable regulatory policies, and growth in healthcare and biotechnology industries in emerging Asian markets are expected to provide potential growth opportunities for players operating in the microfluidics market.

Microfluidics Market Share Insights

Some key industry contributors are Illumina, Inc., Agilent Technologies, Caliper Life Sciences (acquired by perkinelmer, Inc.), Cepheid, Danaher Corporation, Life Technologies Corporation (acquired by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc.), Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc., Abbott Laboratories, F. Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd, and Fluidigm Corporation.

The report "Microfluidics Market by application (genomics, proteomics, capillary electrophoresis, IVD (POC, clinical diagnostics), drug delivery, microreactor, lab tests), component (chips, pump, needle), material (polymer, glass, silicon) - Global Forecast to 2023", The microfluidics market is expected to reach USD 27.91 Billion by 2023 from an estimated USD 10.06 Billion in 2019, at a CAGR of 22.6%. The growing use of polymers is expected to lower the price of microfluidic products. In addition to this, growing investments, favourable regulatory policies, and growth in healthcare and biotechnology industries in emerging Asian markets are expected to provide potential growth opportunities for players operating in the microfluidics market.

Companies are introducing new products to strengthen their market position. For instance, in february 2016, Illumina, Inc. Launched neoprep, an automatic DNA and RNA sample preparation platform. Through the neoprep microfluidics cartridge, 16 samples are prepared at a time. Innovation and research & development by the market players in the microfluidics segment are expected to propel the market growth in the coming years.

GLOBAL UNIVERSITIES AND INSTITUES:

Global Universities Associated with Microfluidics

EUROPE

  • ETH Zurich
  • Swansea University
  • University of Manchester
  • Imperial College London
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Lincoln 
  • Universitat Rivera
  • Virgilio - URV
  • Aberdeen University
  • Grenoble Institute of Technology
  • UCL (University College London) 
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Cambridge 
  • University of East London
  • University of Leeds

ASIA

  • University of Tokyo
  • National University of Singapore
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Bolton
  • Manipal International University 
  • Amity University
  • Beijing Institute of Technology
  • Ted University
  • Rafik Hariri University
  • Emirates Aviation University
  • South Ural State University
  • Liaoning University of Technology
  • University Kuala Lumpur

USA

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Michigan
  • Stanford University
  • Iowa State University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Penn State University
  • University of California
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin

Association Associated with Microfluidics

EUROPE

  • European Federation of National Engineering Associations
  • European Association for Fluid Dynamics
  • Association Francaise De Mecanique
  • Institution of Engineers of Ireland
  • Institute of Physics and Engineering In Medicine
  • Russian Union of Engineers
  • Ordem Dos Engenheiros
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Association for Project Management
  • Society of Engineers
  • British Nuclear Energy Society
  • Women's Engineering Society
  • Society of Professional Engineers
  • Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  • Technical Chamber of Greece
  • Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers
  • Institute of Healthcare Engineering
  • Institute of Physics

USA

  • Alpha Pi Mu
  • Alpha Omega Epsilon
  • American Association of Engineering Societies
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Nuclear Society
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Society of Naval Engineers
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Institute of Biological Engineering
  • The Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers 
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers 
  • Society of Petroleum Engineers

Conclusion:

Euro Microfluidics 2020 will bring together microfluidics scientists and Nano-system people  to showcase the newest developments and discuss future directions in microfluidic technologies and their applications in complex systems, broadly defined. The topics will be wide-ranging, including chemical synthesis, separations, advanced manufacturing approaches, energy and the environment, multiphase and colloidal systems, systems biology, synthetic biology, biophysics, organs-on-a-chip, and precision medicine. some important microfluidics applications have been plot so as to give a thought on how this new science can both assistance and lift look into in fields like science and prescription. In any case, there is a ton of space for enhancements so as to spread more microfluidics applications past research simply.

Reference:

https://www.marketsandmarkets.com/PressReleases/microfluidics.asp

https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/microfluidics-market

  • Microfluidics Research & Advances
  • Biosensors & Lab-on-a-Chip Technologies
  • 3D-Printing of Microfluidics Devices
  • Droplet-based, Digital & Centrifugal Microfluidics
  • Tissue Engineering
  • Droplet-Based Microfluidics
  • Nanofluidics & Fluid Dynamics
  • Novel Micro Sampling, Separation & Detections
  • Point of Care Technologies
  • Microfluidics in Drug Delivery & Formulations

4 Organizing Committee Members

1 Renowned Speakers

Venkat Gundabala

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology
India