The Moscone Center
San Francisco, California, United States
1 - 6 February 2020
Conference 11235
Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XVIII
Saturday - Tuesday 1 - 4 February 2020
This conference is no longer accepting submissions.
Late submissions may be considered subject to chair approval. For more information, please contact Annie Gerstl.
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Abstract Due:
24 July 2019

Author Notification:
30 September 2019

Manuscript Due Date:
8 January 2020

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Conference Chairs
Program Committee
Program Committee continued...
  • Yu-Cheng Lin, National Cheng Kung Univ. (Taiwan)
  • Yuehe Lin, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
  • Ian Papautsky, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago (United States)
  • Bastian E. Rapp, Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (Germany)
  • Thomas Stieglitz, Albert-Ludwigs-Univ. Freiburg (Germany)
  • Sindy Kam-Yan Tang, Stanford Univ. (United States)
  • Hayden K. Taylor, Univ. of California, Berkeley (United States)
  • Bernhard H. Weigl, Intellectual Ventures Management, LLC (United States)

Call for
Submissions to this conference must include:
  • 100-word text abstract (for online program)
  • 250-word text abstract (for abstract digest)
  • 2-page extended abstract (for committee review only). The extended abstract must be submitted as a separate PDF document limited to two pages, including tables and figures. Include author names and affiliations; text; any figures, tables, or images; and sufficient data to permit committee review.

  • The purpose of this conference is to provide an international technical forum to showcase recent advances in microfluidics, BioMEMS, and medical microsystems. Microfluidic devices and systems have created a tremendous interest in many application fields, including life sciences, point of care (POC) diagnostics, and environmental applications. They offer many advantages over the existing macroscale systems, including compact size, disposability, higher speed and parallelism of analyses, increased functionality and decreased sample/reagent volumes. In the life sciences, recent research efforts have focused on bio/chemical analyses, pharmaceutical high-throughput systems, and biomaterial surface modification. The interaction of microsystems with living cells and tissues opens a pathway to novel methods of medical diagnostics and therapeutics. Thus, the range of interests has expanded from the molecular scale over single cells to more complex biological systems, and finally, living organisms. Further, several conventional methods in medical engineering for diagnosis and therapy have also been shifting towards miniaturization and MEMS technologies, including minimally invasive surgery, in vivo and ex vivo monitoring, and smart implants. Last, but not least, environmental applications have focused on developing inexpensive sensors for in situ monitoring of contaminants in the environment for public safety or measuring a person's exposure to environmental contamination.

    For many of these applications, microfluidics and other MEMS technologies are essential, as they provide the functional basis of many research tools as well as commercial devices and applications. Thus, over the past several years, there has been a significant increase in the activities associated with understanding, development, and application of micromechanical and microfluidic devices and systems for BioMEMS and medical microsystems.

    Papers are solicited on the following major topics and other related subjects:

    Micro/Nano Fluidic Components
    • fluid delivery, transport, and control
    • micro -valves, -pumps, -mixers, and -reactors
    • nanofluidic devices and systems
    • microdroplet generation and manipulations
    • micro-heating/cooling devices
    • emerging microfluidic approaches (inertial microfluidics,electrofluidics, paper/textile microfluidics)
    • optofluidics
    • CAD, modeling, and analysis.

    Microfabrication Technologies for Microfluidics and BioMEMS
    • polymer microfabrication methods
    • emerging fabrication technologies (e.g., 3D printing/additive manufacturing)
    • fluidic modules and interconnects
    • fluidic packaging and assembly
    • microstructuring of organic materials
    • functional materials for microfluidics and BioMEMS
    • surface texturing and modification.

    Applications of Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems
    • point-of-care (POC) medical monitoring and diagnostics
    • nano bio/medical sensors
    • optofluidics, on-chip waveguides and optical detection
    • cell-based sensing devices and systems, flow cytometry
    • implantable medical microsystems
    • sensors and systems for environmental monitoring
    • sensors and systems for in vitro/in vivo monitoring and diagnosis
    • cells, tissues, and organisms on-a-chip
    • microfluidic-based drug development and analysis.

    A cash prize sponsored by microfluidic ChipShop GmbH will be awarded to the best student paper.

    Judging and Requirements
    Presentations and manuscripts will be judged based on scientific merit, impact, and clarity. Candidates for the award need to be the presenting author, a full-time student, must have conducted the majority of the research presented in the paper, and must submit their manuscript by the deadline in January 2020.

    To be considered, submit your abstract online, select “Yes” when asked if you are a full-time student, and select yourself as the speaker.
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