A special issue of International Journal of Nano and Biomaterials
The advent of manufacturing techniques that enable fabrication at the micrometer-scale and below provides unique opportunity for medical device applications. Miniaturisation enables enhanced sensitivity, accuracy, and reduced analysis time in diagnostic applications, higher precision, efficacy, and minimised invasiveness in therapeutic applications, and provides the potential for lower costs and broader access to healthcare. However, before this promise can be fully realised numerous issues must be addressed, one of which is the further improvement of medical device micro/nano manufacturing with regard to robustness, versatility, reliability, reproducibility, and scalability.
The aim of this special issue is to provide a forum for discussion of state-of-the-art research on the fundamental and practical aspects of developments in micro/nano manufacturing of medical devices with dimensions (or critical feature sizes) ranging from tens of nanometers to hundreds of micrometers. Papers are sought to address theoretical and applied research issues related to the development and application of advanced micro/nano manufacturing techniques for use in medical devices.
The subject coverage of this special issue includes, but is not limited to, topics that address:
- Advances in micro/nano manufacturing for medical applications
- Unique challenges associated with manufacturing, handling, and deployment of micro/nanoscale medical devices
- Integration of micro/nano manufacturing techniques with traditional manufacturing for realisation of multi-scale manufacturing
- Characterisation of micro/nano manufacturing and its effect on biocompatibility/ biofunctionality
- Demonstration of novel biomedical device concepts enabled by micro/nano manufacturing
- Modelling and simulation of micro/nano manufacturing techniques
Deadline for submission of manuscripts: 30 November 2008
Communication of peer reviews to authors: 31 March 2009
Deadline for revised manuscripts: 31 May 2009