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 example from lab-on-a-chip technology. After three chapters introducing microfluidics, the governing questions 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-hydydrodynamics, 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 micorfluidic 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.
`An excellent text, very well written and pedagogically sound. Clear, concise, and complete, it explains the theoretical framework of microfluidics to a broad audience.
Kari Dalnoki-Veress, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
`Written in a highly pedagogical style. The reader, whether graduate, undergraduate or researcher will find this book extremely useful.
Patrick Tabeling, ESPCI Paris
`The field is rapidly evolving to the point where it will become valuable, and indeed necessary, to do calculations to design real devices. This book offers a prescription for doing this.'
David Weitz, Harvard University
1: Basic concepts in microfluidics
2: Governing equations
3: Basic flow solutions
4: Hydraulic resistance and compliance
6: Time-dependent flow
7: Capillary effects
12: Thermal transfer
13: Two-phase flow
14: Complex flow patterns
Series: Oxford Master Series in Physics
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 1st November 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.96
Weight (kg): 0.61