Call for submission: (Open and Accessible) Fabrication and application of nano- and microfluidic devices

Some members of our community are editing a Special issue in the Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology, which is a diamond (!) open-access journal (submission fees are fully funded by the non-profit Beilstein-Institut, and all articles remain open access), publishing high-quality peer-reviewed articles that are archived and indexed in all major repositories (incl. web-of-science), search engines and databases.

The focus of our issue is the accessible (open, appropriate, low-cost, etc.) fabrication and application of microfluidic devices. We strongly encourage submissions from low and middle-income countries. Please contact us if you have an idea for a submission. (Tobias.wenzel at or any of the other editors)

Scope in detail:

The field of nano- and microfluidics is steadily changing the way we perform experiments at the small scale. Increasingly accessible devices are democratizing how microfluidic devices can be used around the world for research, development, and teaching. The broad applications of nano- and microfluidic devices range from analytical chemistry and biochemistry and organic synthesis to physics and organ-on-a-chip medical research.

This thematic issue aims to highlight recent developments in the field of nano- and microfluidic fabrication as well as their applications both in laboratory settings as well as for point-of-care analysis and diagnostics. The aim of this issue is to emphasize both the innovative aspect of nano- and microfluidics, as well as their accessibility in terms of simplicity of fabrication, cost-effectiveness, documentation, and demonstration of in-field applications. In that regard, submissions from low- and middle-income countries are particularly encouraged (the publication has no associated fee).

The submitted works in this thematic issue may include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Reviews on nano- and microfluidics, from fabrication to application
  • Novel fabrication methods, aimed to simplify the current fabrication methods for a widespread use in the field
  • Applications of nano- and microfluidics from laboratory-based research to field implementations
  • Protocols, interfaces, or designs allowing a more accessible or versatile use of microfluidic devices
  • Applications of nano- and microfluidics to citizen science projects
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