Special Topics

Nanomanufacturing

Guest Editors:
Eric M. Yeatman, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Professor, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
Hannah M. Gramling, Mechanical Engineering, University of California Berkeley, USA
Evelyn N. Wang, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, USA

Despite a large and growing volume of papers on nanotechnology, commercialization of these technologies has been restricted by the lack of driving applications, and the ability to produce nanotechnologies at scale. This Special Topic addresses the second of these challenges, by examining the state of “nanomanufacturing”, reviewing a commercial success in the field, and introducing processes that have promise for mass production. The topic is being introduced with seven invited papers, with more anticipated in coming months. We hope it will inspire more work on nanomanufacturing, encourage discussion of manufacturability, and illuminate a roadmap for researchers addressing challenges in nanomanufacturing.

Micro- and nano-systems for cell analysis

Guest Editor: Alexander Revzin, Department of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic, USA

Micro- and nano-technologies are proving increasingly valuable for gleaning insights into cellular behavior.  These technologies reside at the intersection of multiple disciplines ranging from materials and surface science to microfluidics, cell biology and nanotechnology.  In this special topic, we have compiled exciting papers covering a wide spectrum of applications for micro- and nano-systems: sub-cellular analysis, single cells analysis, analysis of chemotaxis in an ensemble of cells as well as fabrication of artificial tissues.  We hope our readers enjoy finding out about work being done in the field of micro/nano technologies for cell analysis.