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Micromachines 2021 — 1st International Conference on Micromachines and Applications (ICMA2021)

15–30 Apr 2021

Micromachines for Scientific Research, Microfluidic Micromachines, Micromachines for Biomedical Applications, Micromachines for Biochemical Applications, Micromachines for Green Energy, Micromachines for a Clean Environment, Micromachines for Biosensing, Micromachines and Wearable
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Micromachines 2021 has been a success!

We would like to thank our chairs, speakers, committees, and all the attendees for making this a great meeting.

You are invited to check all the published contributions (papers, presentations, and posters) at the List of Accepted Submissions section.

And remember that you can also check and watch the video presentations of our Invited Speakers here.

The recordings of the live sessions are now all available and can be found here.

See you at the next edition!

Welcome from the Chair

Dear Friends and Colleagues in the Micromachines Community,

I am deeply honoured to welcome you all to the first international conference on Micromachines and Applications. The event which is held under these unusual circumstances was enabled by the great MDPI editorial team of Micromachines and I wish to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in organizing the event, for their great contribution to providing their expertise and time to establish the occasion, and to all those who have participated and will participate in the conference. This represents a great opportunity to remotely exchange ideas and get to know each other. We all are aware that the auspices of carrying research may not have been at their best since early 2020. However, the curiosity of people cannot be set at a standstill by anyone or anything. One proof is this conference, which was kindly called by MDPI Micromachines at the end of the last year. This conference is unique as it offers anyone who wishes to attend free access to all sessions, all papers and all valuable future materials resulting from this meeting. A few Special Issues are also intended to be published with the best presented papers, which will be included at a discounted rate. Details are provided on the website of the event.

Although the pandemic of 2020 came with a great deal of inconvenience, it also created the right conditions to validate some prior knowledge; that when people focus their will and their efforts towards an objective and manage to collaborate, they are successful. Such an example is the success of the multiple vaccines elaborated in such a short time span. We also learned to be more patient, to listen and help the ones that we are in contact with: family, friends, collaborators and colleagues. Traditionally, a conference is called to a venue such that the attractive location would add interest to the attendants. Unfortunately, this is not the case for this first event.

If an in-person conference has its own challenges in logistics, the online conference simplifies many of these issues but also makes things more difficult from the time scheduling point of view. However, we shall try to overcome the time-related issues by posting the presentations submitted by the authors as accessible video files.

I hope that the event will continue with a higher attendance next year as an in-person event. Again, I wish to take the opportunity to thank you for your interest in participation to this conference and to the ones which will follow. The scope of this conference covers a large field of microsystems and, hence, micromachines from the applications perspective. This conference proposed nine different fields of interest under which we received and finally accepted 74 papers. They will be presented over the next 16 days in the 9 organized sessions. As above mentioned, we also hope to be able to publish some Special Issues which will include the best papers presented during the conference.

There is a tradition that each welcome talk includes some food for thought. This one will not be different. The subject of thinking that I propose is the speed of progress in science. About 12,000 years ago, humanity started the journey through a lengthy process of improving the quality and the quantity of produced food through improved farming practice. That was the first agricultural revolution. A few more occurred over the many centuries that followed. Improvement of agriculture represents an open topic today. Only about 250 years ago, the industrial revolution took off in full swing. At the present time, we are witnessing the process of a scientific revolution intertwined with an information revolution which started only a few decades ago. Both are ongoing hand-in-hand at the present time and the speed of progress induced by them is unprecedented. Micromachines and nanotechnologies play their own important role in this process, namely: embedding intelligence in materials and structures, miniaturization, creation of functionalized materials, development of medical devices with great capability to monitor and maintain vital parameters within the human body, wearable devices, production of liposomes embedding rigorous sequences of DNA which fight foul viruses, and development of new materials for which either technology of fabrication of disposal technologies that would not leave any footprint on the environment. The efforts of this generation in acquiring knowledge brings significant value, which is continuously transferred as common knowledge to the next generation, which will further will process the information and will yield novel perspectives, technologies and devices, the likes of which we might not even dream at this time. I believe that it is amazing to be part of this great process, which is part of our evolution as researchers. Micromachines carry a very particular feature which may not be common to many other scientific branches; namely, they are multi-disciplinary. Micromachines find their applications anywhere from medicine and healthcare to aerospace; from pharmaceuticals to condition monitoring. The researchers who carry out research in micromachines should be aware that their ideas are required to be animated by other researchers in other disciplines, who seek to improve a certain aspect of the performance of devices used in their field of expertise. Any industry could benefit from micromachines, fast computation and machine learning. Even the classic occupations such as agriculture could benefit from micromachines. Hence, every single field of interest is well received within our community and the findings are shared among the users. Although the MEMS research community was relatively limited, the first publication—a joint journal between IEEE and ASME—appeared in 1991. Since then, very few publications have gained the respect of the research community. Micromachines was fast accepted by the MEMS researchers as the journal that promotes and encourages free thinking and novel ideas. A new generation of researchers grew strong and their contributions to the field were hard to predict, say, 10 years ago. The proposed concepts are the result of preceding published research in combination with the great imagination of the younger generation, which is strongly driven by interest in the environment and concern about the climate change.

In the present global scientific collaborative village, access to knowledge has been made easy. We are proud to acknowledge the great contribution of MDPI to providing access to knowledge for thousands of new researchers. It is vital to ensure a rigorous growth in knowledge by passing to the new generation all data and the information which may help the advancement of knowledge and the new findings. I believe that our duty—the duty of all researchers—is to involve the new generation of curious researchers into projects as they are more than able to contribute to the progress of knowledge. In a few decades, they will be the ones reporting findings with solutions that we currently crave. The involvement of young researches in the learning process of research is essential as the young minds can think without being bound or inhibited by any constraints. We have the duty to involve in our present projects young people of all backgrounds, gender, color or religion, as knowledge has nothing to do with all these.

Again, I wish to welcome everyone who participates to this conference, which will hopefully become a tradition within the microsystems’ community.

Kind regards,

Prof. Dr. Ion Stiharu

Prof. Dr. Ion Stiharu

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Interests: microsystems; sensing (inertial, flow, load, strain); design of MEMS; data processing; modeling of coupled micro and macro systems; packaging of microsensors; MEMS for turbulence control; microfabrication; non-conventional microfabrication; rapid prototyping; migration from auto to aero; reliability of MEMS; failure models; test methodologies

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Linghua Ding
Ms. Donut Zhang

Email: icma2021@mdpi.com

Conference Chairs

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada Website

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Interests: microsystems; sensing (inertial, flow, load, strain); design of MEMS; data processing; modeling of coupled micro and macro systems; packaging of microsensors; MEMS for turbulence control; microfabrication; non-conventional microfabrication; rapid prototyping; migration from auto to aero; reliability of MEMS; failure models; test methodologies

Session Chairs

Prof. Dr. Vahe Nerguizian

Department of Electrical Engineering, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Montreal, Canada

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Interests
Telecommunications; Bio Engineering; Cancel Cell detection; Microfluidic systems; BIO MEMS; Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS); Microwaves; Microelectronic; MIC/MMIC; Avionics; Packaging

Prof. Dr. Xiangchun Xuan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, USA

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Interests
microfluidics; electrokinetics; magnetofluidics; viscoelasticity

Dr. Anas Alazzam

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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Interests
bio-applications of MEMS and micro-fluidic devices; micro-fabrication; separation and manipulation of living cells; micro-sensors

Prof. Dr. Laurent Francis

Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM), Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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biosensors; microfluidics; harsh environment sensing; atomic layer deposition; thin films; CMOS-MEMS; silicon-on-insulator

Prof. Dr. Mohamad Sawan

Institute of Advanced Study, Westlake Institute for Advanced Study, Hangzhou, China

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Smart medical devices involve multiple disciplines such as microelectronic integrated circuits, wireless communication, signal processing, microfluidics, micro/nanophotonics, micromachining, and microsystem integration. Intelligent micro-systems are used in the medical field, including in vitro diagnostics (IVD), disease prediction, and human function recovery

Prof. Dr. Guoguang Rong

Institute of Advanced Study, Westlake Institute for Advanced Study, Hangzhou, China

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biosensors; microfluidics; lab on chip; organ on chip; wearable and implantable biomedical devices

Dr. Larysa Baraban

Institute for Materials Science and Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials, Dresden University of Technology, Budapesterstr, Germany; Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany

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nanobiotechnology; biosensor systems; droplet-based microfludics; lab-on-chip; artificial micromachines

Prof. Dr. Javier Martinez Rodrigo

Institute for Optoelectronics Systems and Microtecnology (ISOM), ETSI Telecomunicacion, Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain

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graphene; nanoelectronics; sensors; nanoenergy; solar cells; supercapacitors; nanodevices; 2D materials

Dr. Nahla Alamoodi

Research and Innovation Center on CO2 and H2 (RICH), Center of Catalysis and Separation (CeCaS), Chemical Engineering Department, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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process control; process design; simulation; optimization and intensification; gas processing; waste management; microfluidics

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Maruccio

University of Salento, Piazza Tancredi, Italy

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biosensors; microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip; Spintronics and nanomagnetism; scanning probe microscopy

Prof. Dr. Faisal Mohd-Yasin

Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia

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Interests
circuit design; VLSI; MEMS; piezoelectric films; microfluidics

Prof. Dr. Ion Stiharu

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

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Interests
microsystems; sensing (inertial, flow, load, strain); design of MEMS; data processing; modeling of coupled micro and macro systems; packaging of microsensors; MEMS for turbulence control; microfabrication; non-conventional microfabrication; rapid prototyping; migration from auto to aero; reliability of MEMS; failure models; test methodologies

Conference Committee

University of Salento, Piazza Tancredi, Italy

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Giuseppe Maruccio (1978) is Full Professor in Physics of Matter (FIS/03) at the Dept. of Mathematics and Physics – University of Salento and head of the Omnics Research Group which comprises researchers with different backgrounds from physics to life sciences working in close collaboration to foster exploratory and seeding research in cross-disciplinary areas with applications spanning from -onics (electronics, spintronics and magnonics) to -omics technologies (genomics, proteomics and cellomics). Omnics laboratories are the Italian node of the European Infrastructure on Magnetism. For more information, please check: http://www.omnics.it/home/prof-giuseppe-maruccio/
Research Keywords
biosensors; microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip; Spintronics and nanomagnetism; scanning probe microscopy

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, USA

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Portable NIRS System for Monitoring of Cerebrovascular Dysfunction Using Head-Down Tilt Mechanism (NASA Florida Space Grant) Screening of Alzheimer’s Disease using NIRS (Brevard Community Foundation) Evaluation of Role of Ionization Radiation Using 3D Bioprinted Tissue (NASA Florida Space Grant) Computationally Guided Laser Based Tumor Diagnosis and Therapy (SPARC Govt. of India) Fibrin Organoids (Pierce Surgical) 3D Cell Culture Model for Liver Cancer Treatment (Brevard Community Foundation) Novel Inexpensive Biomanufacturing Platforms for 3D Culture Models For Spaceflight Applications (NASA Florida Space Grant) Non-invasive Cerebrovascular Regulation Assessment (National Science Foundation and NASA Florida Space Grant) Capstone Design Projects in Rehabilitation to Aid Persons with Disabilities (National Science Foundation) Optical tomography system using short pulse laser for early lung cancer detection (Florida Department of Health and Florida Photonics Center of Excellence) Tumor ablation using short pulse laser (Raydiance Inc. and U.S. Food and Drug Administration) Development and Pre-Clinical Testing of Intraocular Retinal Stent (OptiStent Inc.) Analysis of Mechanical Properties and Thermal Effects of Cornea Following Femtosecond Laser Intrastromal Refractive Surgery (National Science Foundation) Non-thermal dental ablation using ultra-short pulsed laser (Raydiance Inc.) Cellular interrogation using fiberoptic nanobiosensors (National Science Foundation and Florida Space Grant Consortium) Study of optical tomography for biomedical imaging of tissues using short pulse lasers (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Transient radiative transfer modeling and experiments with short pulse lasers (NSF/Sandia National Laboratory) Understanding Bone Loss in Microgravity (Florida Space Grant Consortium-NASA) Non-destructive detection of thermal tile systems debonding using short pulse laser (Florida Space Grant Consortium-NASA) Pulsed Lasers for Modifying Glass Substrates (Lighting Sciences Inc.) Landmine detecti
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microfluidics; organ-on-a-chip

School of Chemical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea

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Translational Nanobioscience Our lab is focused on characterizing the interactions of biomacromolecules and nanomaterials with biological systems, and translating scientific insights into engineered solutions to address outstanding needs in medicine, biotechnology, and agriculture. Key research areas include biosensor development, interfacial science, and biophysics. We also develop pharmaceutical drugs and nanomedicines for infectious disease and immunology applications. Current projects include: 1. Label-Free Biosensors for Medicine and Biotechnology 2. Peptide and Protein Engineering 3. Lipid Membrane Biotechnology 4. Antimicrobial Lipids: Biophysical Mechanisms and Biological Activities
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biosensors; interfacial science; biophysics; translational medicine; biotechnology

School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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Dr Majid E Warkiani is an Associate Professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering at UTS, Sydney, Australia. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) under the prestigious SINGA scholarship from A*STAR, and undertook postdoctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (SMART centre). He is NHMRC-CD fellow and also a member of Institute for Biomedical Materials & Devices (IBMD) and Center for Health Technologies (CHT) at UTS.
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microfluidics; organ-on-a-chip

Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

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Xiangchun Xuan joined the Department in December 2006. His research and teaching interests lie in the general area of thermal/fluid sciences with a special emphasis on microfluidic devices. He is a member of ASME, APS (American Physical Society) and AES (American Electrophoresis Society).
Research Keywords
microsensor interface circuits; analog integrated circuits; data converters

Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy

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Piero Malcovati was born in Milano, Italy in 1968. He received the "Laurea" degree (Summa cum Laude) in Electronic Engineering from University of Pavia, Italy in 1991. In 1992 he joined the Physical Electronics Laboratory (PEL) at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland, as a Ph. D. candidate. He received the Ph. D. degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich in 1996. From 1996 to 2001 he has been Assistant Professor and from 2002 to 2017 Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering (now Department of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering) of the University of Pavia. From 2017 Piero Malcovati is Full Professor in the same institution. His research activities are focused on microsensor interface circuits and high performance data converters. He authored and co-authored 84 papers in International Journals, 276 presentations at International Conferences (with published proceedings), 27 book chapters, and 10 industrial patents. He is co-recipient of the ESSCIRC 2007 best paper award and of the best student paper award at ESSCIRC 2015. He was Guest Editor for the Journal of Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing for the Special Issues on IEEE ICECS 1999 and IEEE ICECS 2009, Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems II from 2008 to 2010, and Guest Editor for the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits for the Special Issues on IEEE ISSCC 2013. He served as Technical Program Chairman of the IEEE PRIME 2006 Conference, of the IEEE ICECS 2009 Conference, and of the IEEE PRIME 2013 Conference. He was and still is member of the Technical Program Committees for several International Conferences, including ISSCC, ESSCIRC, SENSORS, ICECS, DATE, and PRIME. He is Associate Editor of the IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits, Regional Editor for Europe of the Journal of Circuits, Systems, and Computers, and Deputy Editor in Chief for the Journal of Analog Integrated Circuits and Signal Processing. He is an IEEE senior member.
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microsensor interface circuits; analog integrated circuits; data converters

Institute for Optoelectronics Systems and Microtecnology (ISOM), ETSI Telecomunicacion, Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain

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In 1996, he obtained a graduate degree in Physics from the Universidad de Valladolid. In 2002, he received a PhD degree in Physics. His PhD research activity was supervised by Prof. Jose Antonio de Saja Sáez, head of the department of Condensed Matter Physics. From the same University, he also obtained a graduate degree in Electronic Engineering. From March 2003 to January 2005, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA). The research activity was supervised and financed by Prof. Carlos Bustamante and Prof. Alex Zettl, from University of California, Berkeley. His post-doctoral research was the development of ultra sharp atomic force microscope tips based in carbon nanotubes. The main objective of this research was to improve the resolution in the image acquisition of biological systems (DNA, molecules). In 2005, he starts as a Juan de la Cierva researcher at the Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid (CSIC). He joined the group of Prof. Ricardo García for learning nanolithography techniques by AFM. To complete his technical formation, in 2006 he spend three months of postdoctoral stage at the National Research Council of Italy, in Bologna. Under the supervision of Prof. Fabio Biscarini, head of the department of the Intitute for Nanostructured Materials, he learned microcontact printing technology and others soft lithography techniques. Back at the Instituto de Microelectronica de Madrid, he developed a new prototype of parallel nano-oxidation machine. This prototype can perform oxidation motives of a few nanometers along large areas of mm2 in less than a minute. Also, the strong background obtained in AFM and microelectronic techniques has led him to create silicon nanowire transistors with channels of few nanometers. The silicon nanowire transistors can be used as sensors for molecular recognition at the nanoscale. This technology was patented with the MIT (US Patent 8,154,063) In April 2011 he moved to the Technical University of Madrid as a professor I3 in the Institute of Optoelectronic Systems and Mi
Research Keywords
graphene; nanoelectronics; sensors; nanoenergy; solar cells; supercapacitors; nanodevices; 2D materials

Institute for Materials Science and Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany; Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany

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Larysa studied Physics at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine) from 1999 to 2005, where she got her Master of Science degree. For her PhD she worked in the area of soft condensed matter systems with colloidal particles at the University of Konstanz (Germany), with Prof. Paul Leiderer. In January 2009, she joined the group of Prof. Jerome Bibette at the Ecole superieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris as a Post Doc. There she was working on the development of an innovative millifluidic platform for microbiological assays. She moved to Dresden in 2011, where she worked at the integration of miniaturized sensors into microfluidic lab-on-a-chip systems first, in the Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research Dresden (director Prof. Oliver Schmidt), and then at the TU Dresden in the group of Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti. Her research activities include multiple aspects in materials science and nanoelectronics, e.g. novel artificially designed micro-machines and ultra-sensitive nanosensors integrated in microfluidic systems. Currently, she is leading the group "BioNanoSensorics" working in the interdisciplinary field of nanowire-based biosensors and multiphase microfluidics. For a complete list of publications, please refer to Google Scholar.
Research Keywords
nanobiotechnology; biosensor systems; droplet-based microfludics; lab-on-chip; artificial micromachines

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark

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precision polymer processing; statistical process control; precision additive manufacturing; metrology

College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK

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Summary EDUCATION AND DEGREES BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, 1st Class, Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1983. MSc in Manufacturing Engineering, 1st Class (Distinction), Harbin Institute of Technology, July 1988. PhD in Precision Manufacturing, Liverpool John Moores University, January 1994. WORKING EXPERIENCES 01/1994 – 09/1995, Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Engineering at Liverpool John Moores University. 10/1995 – 11/1999, Lecturer, Department of Engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. 12/1999 – 04/2001, Reader, School of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University. 05/2001 – 04/2006, Professor, School of Engineering at Leeds Metropolitan University. 05/2006 – present, Chair Professor, Head of Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) Department, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University London. Responsibility MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL INSTITUTIONS Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Fellow since 2004 Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Fellow since 2006 JOURNAL EDITORIAL WORK European Editor, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology (ISSN: 0628-3768). Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture (ISSN: 0890-6955). Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Agile Manufacturing (ISSN: 1536-2639). Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Mass Customisation (ISSN: 1742-4208). Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Nanomanufacturing (ISSN: 1746-9392).
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design of high precision machines; micro milling machine; machine design methodology

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, USA

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For more information, please check here: http://www.eng.usf.edu/~saddow/index.html#/
Research Keywords
SiC; neural interfaces; SiC MEMS; biotechnology

Laboratory for Innovations in Microengineering (LiME), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

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Research at Dr. Akbari's laboratory lies at the interface of cellular biology, biomaterials, and mechanical engineering. He is particularly interested in combining the fundamentals of fluid, mass, and thermal transport in microscales with cellular biology and biomaterials to address current grand challenges in global health. Three key research areas at Dr. Akbari's lab are: biofabrication of engineered tissue substitutes for regenerative medicine using fiber-based technologies, development of biomimetic tissue models using microengineering techniques for disease modeling and drug discovery applications, and development of cell-based microarray platforms for high-throughput drug screening. Our lab provides an active learning and highly collaborative and interactive environment for students to gain hands-on experiences in design and development of microscale platforms, tissue engineering, polymer synthesis and cancer research. Our mission is to establish a unique and interdisciplinary research and educational program that can have a significant impact on the quality of human life.
Research Keywords
microfluidics; biofabrication; tissue engineering; drug delivery; disease modeling

Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, Griffith University, Nathan, Queensland, Australia

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Faisal Mohd-Yasin was born and raised in Kampong Lenga in the state of Johor, Malaysia. He completed his bachelor and master degrees from George Washington University, USA. Faisal returned home in 2003 and started his career at Multimedia University. While working as full time academic, he earned two PhD degrees in integrated circuits and MEMS in 2009 and 2014, respectively. Shortly after receiving his first PhD, Faisal moved to Australia to join School of Engineering and Built Environment of Griffith University. He is in charge of design-based courses for electrical and electronic engineering students. In addition of teaching circuit design techniques, Faisal instills critical thinking, rigour, integrity, and humility in those courses through the completion of an independent project. Research wise, Faisal is a member of Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre, working on integrated circuits, VLSI, MEMS, materials science, and microfluidics. He has authored over 100 papers, supervised 20 postgraduate theses, received > 10 competitive grants, and served as editor and reviewer of well-ranked journals and conferences. Since 2018, Faisal has administrative role as higher degree research convenor to PhD scholars at the the school and research centers. He assists these early career researchers by leveraging on his teaching and research experiences.
Research Keywords
circuit design; VLSI; MEMS; piezoelectric films; microfluidics

Microsystems Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, USA

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Research Keywords
MEMS; sensors; pharmacokinetics; medical devices; cardiovascular disease; auditory dysfunction

Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Zurich, Switzerland

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Research Keywords
micro/nanorobotics; ultrasound-based manipulation; microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip systems

Invited Speakers

Institute for Materials Science and Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials, Dresden University of Technology, Dresden, Germany; Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, TU Dresden, Dresden, Germany

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Research Keywords
nanobiotechnology; biosensor systems; droplet-based microfludics; lab-on-chip; artificial micromachines

School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia

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Research Keywords
microfluidics; organ-on-a-chip

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA

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Research Keywords
SiC; neural interfaces; SiC MEMS; biotechnology

Laboratory for Innovations in Microengineering (LiME), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada

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Research Keywords
microfluidics; biofabrication; tissue engineering; drug delivery; disease modeling

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

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Research Keywords
nanosensors; biosensors; nanomaterials; nanobiotechnology

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Chemical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea

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Research Keywords
metamaterials; plasmonics; nanophotonics; nanofabrication; nanomanufacturing

Department of Radiology, Center for Minimally Invasive therapeutics, University of California – Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Research Keywords
bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems (BioMEMS); biomedical and implantable devices; biosensors; organs-on-a-chip; micro- and nanosensors for monitoring organs-on-a-chip; flexible electronics and sensors for wound healing; packaging and encapsulation of im

Institute for Optoelectronics Systems and Microtecnology (ISOM), ETSI Telecomunicacion, Technical University of Madrid (UPM), Madrid, Spain

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Research Keywords
graphene; nanoelectronics; sensors; nanoenergy; solar cells; supercapacitors; nanodevices; 2D materials

Institute for Information and Communication Technologies, Electronics and Applied Mathematics (ICTEAM), Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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Research Keywords
biosensors; microfluidics; harsh environment sensing; atomic layer deposition; thin films; CMOS-MEMS; silicon-on-insulator

Department of Electrical Engineering, École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Montreal, Canada

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Research Keywords
Telecommunications; Bio Engineering; Cancel Cell detection; Microfluidic systems; BIO MEMS; Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS); Microwaves; Microelectronic; MIC/MMIC; Avionics; Packaging

University of Salento, Piazza Tancredi, Lecce LE, Italy

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Research Keywords
biosensors; microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip; Spintronics and nanomagnetism; scanning probe microscopy

School of Pharmacy, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK

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Professor Ryan Donnelly holds the Chair in Pharmaceutical Technology at Queen’s University Belfast and is Director of QUB’s interdisciplinary research programme Materials & Advanced Technologies for Healthcare (MATCH). His personal research is centred on design and physicochemical characterisation of advanced polymeric drug delivery systems for transdermal and intradermal drug delivery, with a strong emphasis on improving patient outcomes. He is currently developing a range of novel microneedle technologies through independent research, but also in collaboration with several major pharma partners. He has obtained substantial UK Research Council, charity and industrial funding and authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications (H-index = 58), including 6 patent applications, 6 textbooks, 23 book chapters and approximately 250 full papers. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international conferences. Professor Donnelly is Europe/Africa Editor of Drug Delivery & Translational Research and the Controlled Release Society’s Communications Chair. He has won the Academy of Pharmaceutical Science’s Innovative Science Award (2020), Evonik’s Resomer Award (2018), the Controlled Release Society’s Young Investigator Award (2016), BBSRC Innovator of the Year and the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Pharmaceutical Research Meritorious Manuscript Award (2013), the GSK Emerging Scientist Award (2012) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Science Award (2011).
Research Keywords
microneedles; inkjet printing; nanomedicine

Institute of Chemistry, Berlin Institute of Technology, Berlin, Germany

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www.chemie.tu-berlin.de/dr_zeynep_altintas/home/
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diagnostics; micro-fluidics and lab-on-a-chip devices; sensor applications in medical diagnosis; chemistry; food safety and biotechnology; nanomaterials in health care diagnostics

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Alcalá, Madrid, Spain

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nanotechnology; micromotors; sensors; analytical chemistry; quantum dots; 2D nanomaterials; carbon nanomaterials

Director, International Center for Actuators and Transducers Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, USA

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piezoelectric actuator; ultrasonic motor; piezo-transformer; high power piezoelectrics; loss mechanism; Pb-free piezoelectrics; piezoelectric composite; multilayer actuator; relaxor piezoelectric single crystal; piezoelectric energy harvesting; piezoelect

Cancer Research Program, Department of Pathology, The Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre RI-MUHC, McGill University, Montréal, Canada

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nanotechnology; BioMEMs; drug delivery; extracellular vesicles
Email
ruben.lopezsalazar@mail.mcgill.ca

Videos from Invited Speakers

Microarray Patches for High-dose Drug Delivery: Targeting Global Healthcare Challenges

by Prof.Dr. Ryan Donnelly

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Microarray Patches for High-dose Drug Delivery: Targeting Global Healthcare Challenges

Silicon Carbide for Advanced In-Vivo Medical Devices

by Prof.Dr. Stephen Saddow

Relate Paper:
Silicon Carbide for Advanced In-Vivo Medical Devices

Magneto-Catalytic Janus Micromotors for Selective Inactivation of Bacteria Biofilms

by Prof.Dr. Beatriz Jurado-Sánchez

Relate Paper:
Magneto-Catalytic Janus Micromotors for Selective Inactivation of Bacteria Biofilms

List of accepted submissions (60)

Id Title Authors Presentation Video Poster PDF
sciforum-042573 Effects of Electrical Stress in Solution-Processed Spin-On Glass Dielectric Films: Frequency Dependence , , , N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-043477 Hollow AFM Cantilever with Holes , , , Video Thumbnail Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-043670 Materials, Methods, and Optimized Designs for Soft Wearable Electronics with Significantly Reduced Motion Artifacts

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Submitted: 11 Feb 2021

Abstract: Show Abstract
, N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-043726 Development of Aqueous Two-Phase Systems Based on Deep Eutectic Solvents for Continuous Protein Extraction in A Microextractor

, ,

Submitted: 12 Feb 2021

Abstract: Show Abstract
, , N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract
sciforum-043758 Biodegradable and Transparent PVA/Starch-Based Composite Films for Wound Dressing Applications

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Submitted: 12 Feb 2021

Abstract: Show Abstract
, N/A Poster PDF Show Abstract

Videos from Authors

Lab-on-Chip Platform for on-Field Analysis of Grapevine Leafroll-Associated virus 3

Relate Paper:
Lab-on-chip platform for on-field analysis of Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3

Magnetically Actuated Glaucoma Drainage Device with Adjustable Flow Properties after Implantation

Relate Paper:
Magnetically actuated glaucoma drainage device with adjustable flow properties after implantation

Demonstration of Atmospheric-Pressure Radiometer with Metamaterial Vanes

Relate Paper:
Demonstration of Atmospheric-Pressure Radiometer with Metamaterial Vanes

Hollow AFM Cantilever with Holes

Relate Paper:
Hollow AFM Cantilever with Holes

Enhancing the Photophoretic Lift Force at Low Reynolds Numbers using Three-Dimensional Porous Structures

Relate Paper:
Enhancing the Photophoretic Lift Force at Low Reynolds Numbers using Three-Dimensional Porous Structures

Controlled Light-Driven Levitation of Macroscopic Plates

Relate Paper:
Controlled Light-Driven Levitation of Macroscopic Plates

A Tumbling Magnetic Microrobot System for Biomedical Applications

Relate Paper:
A Tumbling Magnetic Microrobot System for Biomedical Applications

Antibody Immobilization in ZnO-Thin film transistors for low-cost biosensors applications

Relate Paper:
Antibody Immobilization in ZnO-Thin film transistors for low-cost biosensors applications

Elasto-Magnetic Pumps Integrated within Microfluidic Devices

Relate Paper:
Elasto-Magnetic Pumps Integrated within Microfluidic Devices

Manipulation of Microrobots using Chladni Plates and Multimode Membrane Resonators

Relate Paper:
Manipulation of Microrobots using Chladni Plates and Multimode Membrane Resonators

Fiber optic sensor for detecting neoplastic lesions in biological tissues - a preliminary study

Relate Paper:
Fiber optic sensor for detecting neoplastic lesions in biological tissues - a preliminary study

3D polymer structures for the identification of optimal dimensions for cellular growth for 3D lung alveolar models

Relate Paper:
3D polymer structures for the identification of optimal dimensions for cellular growth for 3D lung alveolar models

ICMA 2021 Live Sessions

16 April 2021

Session 1

Date: 16 April 2021

Time: 02:00 pm (CEST) | 8:00 pm (CST)

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CEST)

Prof. Dr. Ion Stiharu

(Concordia University, Canada)

Opening Ceremony

02:00 - 02:10 pm

Dr. Junsuk Rho

(Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea)

Artificial Chirality Evolution in Micro-/Nano-scale 3D Plasmonic Metamaterials

02:10 - 02:40 pm

Dr. Daniele Caltabiano (STMicroelectronics Pte. Ltd. Italy)

Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Micromotor

02:40 - 03:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Laurent Francis

(Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)

Stable Porous Silicon Membranes for Fast Bacterial Detection

03:10 - 03:40 pm

Prof. Dr. Marc Madou

(University of California, Irvine
Irvine, USA
)

Carbon-Origami: Controlling 3D Shapes and Microstructure

03:40 - 04:10 pm

23 April 2021

Session 2

Date: 23 April 2021

Time: 03:30 pm (CEST) | 9:30 pm (CST)

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CEST)

Prof. Dr. Ion Stiharu

(Concordia University, Canada)

Speakers Introduction

03:30 - 03:40 pm

Dr. Larysa Baraban

(TU Dresden, Germany)

Nanoscopic Biosensors in Microfluidics

03:40 - 04:10 pm

Dr. Zeynep Altintas

(The Technical University of Berlin, Germany)

Electrochemical Lab-On-a Chip Sensing Platforms for Biological Applications

04:10 - 04:40 pm

Prof. Dr. Vahe Nerguizian

(École de technologie supérieure, Canada)

Dr. Rodrigo Lopez Salazar

(McGill University, Canada)

Lipid-Based Nanoparticle Production in Micromixers

04:40 - 05:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Remzi Dokmeci

(University of California – Los Angeles, USA)

Microscale Sensors and Systems for Organs on a Chip Sensing Applications

05:10 - 05:40 pm

29 April 2021

Session 3

Date: 29 April 2021

Time: 02:00 pm (CEST) | 8:00 pm (CST)

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CET)

Prof. Dr. Ion Stiharu

(Concordia University, Canada)

Speaker Introduction

02:00 - 02:10 pm

Dr. Joohoon Kang

(Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea)

Precise Layer Separation of Two-Dimensional Nanomaterials for Scalable Optoelectronics

02:10 - 02:40 pm

Dr. Sébastien Balme

(Université de Montpellier, France)

Single Nanopore for Sensing Protein Assembly

02:40 - 03:10 pm

Dr. Deep Jariwala

(the University of Pennsylvania, USA)

Heterostructures for Advanced Logic, Memory and Photonics

03:10 - 03:40 pm

Prof. Dr. Javier Martinez Rodrigo

(Technical University of Madrid, Spain)

Graphene Green Energy Devices

03:40 - 04:10 pm

30 April 2021

Session 4

Date: 30 April 2021

Time: 02:00 pm (CEST) | 8:00 pm (CST)

Speaker

Presentation Topic

Time (CEST)

Prof. Dr. Ion Stiharu

(Concordia University, Canada)

Speakers Introduction

02:00 - 02:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Kenji Uchino

(The Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Misconceptions in Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting System Development

02:10 - 02:40 pm

Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Maruccio (University of Salento, Italy)

Advances in Sensor Technologies for Medical Diagnostics and Monitoring Applications

02:40 - 03:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Ryan Donnelly

(Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

Microarray Patches for High-dose Drug Delivery: Targeting Global Healthcare Challenges

03:10 - 03:40 pm

Prof. Dr. Ion Stiharu

(Concordia University, Canada)

Closing Ceremony

03:40 - 03:50 pm

ICMA 2021 Live Sessions Recordings

Live Session 1 - 16.04.2021

Live Session 2 - 23.04.2021

Live Session 3 - 23.04.2021

Live Session 4 - 30.04.2021

Instructions for Authors

Submission

Submissions should be completed by the authors online by registering on www.sciforum.net, and using the "Start New Submission" function once logged into system.

  1. Scholars interested in participating in the conference can submit their abstract (about 200-250 words) online on this website until 30 September 2020 14 March 2021.
  2. The Conference Committee will pre-evaluate, based on the submitted abstract, whether a contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome in the Micromachines 2021—Micromachines and Applications. All authors will be notified by 15 October 2020 17 March 2021 about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the authors will be invited to prepare a full description of their work in the form of a PowerPoint presentation /poster, until the submission deadline of 31 October 2020 7 April 2021.
  4. The conference presentations will be available on https://sciforum.net/conference/Micromachines2021 for discussion during the time of the conference 15 November–30 November 2020 15 April–30 April 2021.
  5. Accepted abstracts will be published in the Journal Engineering Proceedings. After the conference, the authors are recommended to submit a full manuscript based on the proceedings to the Micromachines Special Issue "Selected Papers from ICMA2021" with a 20% discount of the APC charges.

* Special Issue Submission deadline: 15 July 2021

Presentation Slides

Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly on the website using Sciforum.net's proprietary slides viewer. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to the PDF format before submission so that our process can easily and automatically convert them for online displaying.


The following organization is recommended for your presentation:

  • Length of the presentation: no more than 20 slides

  • Slide 1 (strictly one slide): Title, authors’ names, affiliation(s), email address of the corresponding Author, and, not mandatory, logos of the laboratory and/or institution;

  • Slide 2 (strictly one slide): Graphical Abstract, repeat the title of the presentation but avoid other text as much as possible;

  • Slide 3 (strictly one slide): Abstract (max 200 words) and 3-5 keywords separated by semicolons;

  • Slide 4 and following slides: should contain Introduction, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions in this sequence.

  • Last slide: Acknowledgments and, not mandatory, logos of sponsors of the work.

Other formats (word document or poster) can also be considered.

ICMA-2021-PPT-template

Video Presentations

Authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. If you are interested in submitting a video presentation, please contact the conference organizer (icma2021@mdpi.com) to get to learn more about the procedure.

Tips for authors: If you would like to prepare a video based on your PowerPoint presentation, you may use the "record slide" function in the PowerPoint. The video will be uploaded to YouTube, as well as onto Sciforum. The video should be no longer than 20 minutes and be prepared in one of the following formats:

  • .MP4
  • .webm
  • .ogg

The video should be submitted via email before 7 April 2021.


Potential Conflicts of Interest

All authors must disclose all relationships or interests that could inappropriately influence or bias their work. This should be conveyed in a separate "Conflict of Interest" statement preceding the "Acknowledgments" and "References" sections at the end of the manuscript. If there is no conflict, please state "The authors declare no conflict of interest." Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under "Acknowledgments" section.

Copyright

MDPI, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

Event Awards

On behalf of the chair of the 1st International Conference on Micromachines and Applications, we are pleased to announce the winners of the Best Presentation Award:

Topic: Controlled Light-Driven Levitation of Macroscopic Plates

authored by Mohsen Azadi, George A Popov, Zhipeng Lu, Andy G Eskenazi, Avery Ji Won Bang, Matthew F Campbell, Howard Hu, Igor Bargatin

Mohsen Azadi is pursuing his PhD in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. He received his MSc in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania in 2017 and his BSc in mechanical engineering from Shiraz University in 2013. His research at the University of Pennsylvania is focused on photophoretic levitation, mechanical metamaterials, microfabrication, and energy transformation. He received the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students in 2019. He also received the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Master of Science in Engineering Merit Scholarship in 2016, as well as the Singh Center for Nanotechnology Graduate Student Fellowship, also in 2016. He currently serves as a member of the Dean’s Doctoral Advisory Board with the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Pennsylvania.

Topic: 3D Polymer Structures for The Identification of Optimal Dimensions for Cellular Growth for 3D Lung Alveolar Models

authored by Christian Maibohm, Alberto Saldaña Lopez, Oscar F Silvestre, Jana B. Nieder

Christian Maibohm is currently a staff researcher at the Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics group led by Dr Jana Nieder at INL—International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. He joined INL in April 2016, focusing on the development of experimental setups for advanced multiphoton microscopy and 3D microfabrication. He graduated in physics and applied mathematics (2005) from the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in the field of UHV growth and optical characterization of organic nanocrystals. From 2005 to 2007, he was enrolled in the EU network “FastNet” at the Institute of Physics in Siena, Italy, working on light-induced atomic desorption from porous glass. He received a PhD (2010) in physics and nanotechnology from SDU and Carl Von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany, focusing on fabrication and multiphoton microscopy of nanocrystals and organic nanostructures. He was a post-doctoral researcher (2010–2016) at SDU and the Technical University of Denmark, focusing on optical near-field mapping of cleanroom fabricated nanostructures, fabrication and characterization of bio-inspired polymer sensors, photonic properties of diatom frustules and optimization of light coupling to optical fibers embedded in concrete.

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To acknowledge the support of esteemed conference attendees and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to launch the Best Presentation Award and the Best Paper Award.

Best Presentation Award (800 CHF)

Micromachines would like to grant two prizes (800 Swiss Francs each) for the two best presentations at the conference as determined by a jury. The two winners will be announced after the conference.

Presentations should have the following information:

  • Title (with authors and affiliations)
  • Introduction/Objectives/Aims
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Contact information

To be considered for this award, presentations should be accompanied by an introductory video. During the conference, the chair and committee members will be invited to judge the quality of the video and presentations. Presentations will be judged on 1) how well they are able to summarize the described work and capture the interest of viewers; 2) the visual aspect of the presentation and how it contributes to effective and clear communication of the contents.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Originality/novelty of the work
  • Significance of the content
  • Scientific soundness
  • Interest to readers
  • English language and style

Best Paper Award (500 CHF)

Micromachines would like to grant three prizes for the three best papers as determined by the conference committee. Each winner will receive 500 Swiss Francs. We look forward to reviewing your contributions. The three winners will be announced after the closure of the Special Issue in the third quarter of 2021.

Only full papers submitted to the ICMA 2021 Special Issue will be considered. Papers will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Originality/novelty of the paper
  • Significance of content
  • Scientific soundness
  • Interest to the readers
  • English language and style

Evaluation

  • Each Evaluation Committee member will assess each entry in terms of the criteria outlined above
  • Total scores for each presentation will be ranked, from highest to lowest
  • If two or more authors receive the same score, further evaluation will be carried out
  • All decisions made by the Evaluation Committee are final
The Awards
Best Presentation Award

Number of Awards Available: 2

The prize will consist of 800 Swiss Francs and a certificate (for two attendees).
Best Paper Award

Number of Awards Available: 3

The prize will consist of 500 Swiss Francs and a certificate (for three attendees).

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