2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

In March of this year, MRS leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix for the safety and well-being our members, attendees, staff and the materials community, and to reschedule as much of the program as possible into a special 2020 Joint MRS Spring and Fall Meeting.

This one-time-only joint event will take place in Boston, from Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4—expanding by one day to provide programming capacity. The program flow for each symposium is under development and will be announced in early July.

Symposium SM02—Progress in Open-Space Microfluidics—From Nanoscience, Manufacturing to Biomedicine

Microfluidics is the engineering discipline that deals with devices and phenomena related to minute amounts of fluids. Beyond traditional sealed microchannels, the open-space microfluidic devices combining with scanning probes enable localization of mass transfer/chemical processes on or near surfaces, providing new opportunities for handling, analyzing, and interacting with nanomaterials and living samples with a lot of freedom to end-users for new class of experiments. Examples include scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM), fluidic force microscopy (FluidFM), capillary-based artificial nanopore, and various types of microfluidic probes (MFPs). In addition, the localized, continuous material supply on the surface through the open (i.e. pipette-accessible) fluidic apparatus has recently been utilized to develop high resolution (from micro to nano) additive manufacturing, e.g. 3D printing, for diverse functional materials (e.g. polymers, metals, ceramics, 2D materials) with programmed shapes and chemical compositions. The microfluidic-based 3D printing techniques has the potential to fabricate new concept 3D devices in electronics, photonics, and biomedicine. Therefore, the open-space microfluidics can give a broad impact on diverse fields such as materials science, chemistry, biophysics, energy science, and biomedicine. In this symposium, the latest developments on open-space microfluidic techniques and their practical applications to nanoscience and biomedicine will be discussed. The meeting will cover a broad range of analysis and fabrication methods.

Topics will include:

  • Development of new open-space microfluidic techniques
  • Scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM)
  • Fluidic force microscopy (FluidFM)
  • 3D printing methods and their applications
  • Microfluidic probe for non-classical cell handling
  • Nanocapillary-based nanopore biosensors
  • All areas of materials science, chemistry, and biomedicine related to advanced microfluidics

Invited Speakers:

  • Moran Bercovici (Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
  • Michael Dickey (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Wonho Jhe (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Woo Soo Kim (Simon Fraser University, Canada)
  • Yang-Rae Kim (Kwangwoon University, Republic of Korea)
  • Michael McAlpine (University of Minnesota, USA)
  • Alfonso Ngan (University of Hong Kong, China)
  • Jaeyeon Pyo (Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Republic of Korea)
  • Maxim Shusteff (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA)
  • Jadranka Travas-Sejdic (The University of Auckland, New Zealand)
  • Patrick Unwin (The University of Warwick, United Kingdom)
  • Minfeng Yu (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Tomaso Zambelli (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Symposium Organizers

Ji Tae Kim
The University of Hong Kong
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Hong Kong
+852 3917-2631, jtkim@hku.hk

Qiang Huang
The University of Alabama
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
+1 205-348-4581, qhuang@eng.ua.edu

Govind Kaigala
IBM Research–Zurich
+41 44-724-8929, gov@zurich.ibm.com

Seung Kwon Seol
Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute
Nano Hybrid Technology Research Center
Republic of Korea
+82 55-280-1462, skseol@keri.re.kr