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Microfluidics enables the control and manipulation of small amounts of fluids in the order of micro- to pico-liters. It facilitates the miniaturization, integration, and automation of biochemical assays and has been successfully demonstrated for a wide variety of applications, including cell analysis, DNA sequencing, and drug screening.

Classic telecommunications use electromagnetic systems to encode and transmit information. Molecular Communications (MC), instead, encodes information using the properties of molecular systems. MC is a communications paradigm that has attracted increasing attention of communications engineers as a solution to communicate in environments where conventional communication is not feasible or detrimental, such as inside the human body. MC may enable transformative applications in healthcare, biomedicine, and industry. Recent research has focused on the theoretical characterization of MC. However, real-world MC systems constitute an underdeveloped area owing to immense challenges in controlling complex and non-ideal chemical systems.

Microfluidic platforms offer a promising approach to practically studying molecular communications and computing. Besides the possibility of detecting molecules and their potential interaction, they also provide the opportunity for a controllable propagation and computation environment. For example, blood vessels can be mimicked by a network of microfluidic channels and their physiological dynamics can be fine-controlled over the flow conditions.

The aim of this Special Issue is to facilitate the interaction between researchers from the MC and the microfluidics domain. We welcome all microfluidic systems-based approaches as long as they are applied for detection and/or information transmission in the MC domain. To this end, we invite submissions on the following topics (but are not limited to):

  • Microfluidic cell-to-cell communications
  • Microfluidic-based transmitter and receiver
  • Reaction-based microfluidic circuits
  • Novel methods and techniques for detecting and sensing molecules and their interaction on microfluidic chips
  • Nanoscale to microscale bridging via microfluidic systems
  • Communications, computing, and networking in droplet-based microfluidics
  • Signaling and communications aspects in lab-on-a-chip and organ-on-a-chip
  • Microfluidic testbeds
  • Microfluidic signal processing via synthetic biology
  • Microfluidics for molecular computing

Submission Guidelines

Prospective authors should submit their manuscripts following the IEEE TMBMC guidelines. Authors should submit a manuscript trough Manuscript Central.

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 15 July 2023 (Extended Deadline)
First Notification: 31 July 2023
Acceptance Notification: 31 August 2023
Final Manuscript Due: 30 September 2023
Publication Date: December 2023

Guest Editors

Werner Haselmayr
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Yansha Deng
King’s College London, UK

Ali Salehi-Reyhani
Imperial College London, UK

Tuna Tugcu
Bogazici University, Turkey