and Markets has announced the addition of the "Theoretical Microfluidics"
report to their offering.
The book treats microfluidics theory and its applications to lab-on-a-chip
systems. It covers fluid dynamics and how to control flows and solutions in
microsystems with various external fields. Containing a broad range of exercises,
the text is developed for advanced undergraduates, intending to enable the students
to confront real problems.
Microfluidics is a young and rapidly expanding scientific discipline, which
deals with fluids and solutions in miniaturized systems, the so-called lab-on-a-chip
systems. It has applications in chemical engineering, pharmaceutics, biotechnology
and medicine. As the lab-on-a-chip systems grow in complexity, a proper theoretical
understanding becomes increasingly important.
The basic idea of the book is to provide a self-contained formulation of the
theoretical framework of microfluidics, and at the same time give physical motivation
and examples from lab-on-a-chip technology. After three chapters introducing
microfluidics, the governing equations for mass, momentum and energy, and some
basic flow solutions, the following 14 chapters treat hydraulic resistance/compliance,
diffusion/dispersion, time-dependent flow, capillarity, electro- and magneto-hydrodynamics,
thermal transport, two-phase flow, complex flow patterns and acousto-fluidics,
as well as the new fields of opto- and nano-fluidics. Throughout the book simple
models with analytical solutions are presented to provide the student with a
thorough physical understanding of order of magnitudes and various selected
microfluidic phenomena and devices.
The book grew out of a set of well-tested lecture notes. It is with its many
pedagogical exercises designed as a textbook for an advanced undergraduate or
first-year graduate course. It is also well suited for self-study.
Posted July 19th, 2008