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Microfluidic Devices for Geofluid-Related Challenges

Call for Papers

Microfluidic devices are a well-established technology with successful applications in several scientific and industrial areas such as biomedicine, biology, chemical microreactors, and micro fuel cells. They provide several advantages such as flexible implementation of different channel geometries at the microscale, modification and functionalization of surface properties, control of operating thermodynamic conditions, and possibility of direct visual inspection and related analysis. Consequently, microfluidic devices represent a valuable tool for the description, characterization, and understanding of the physical phenomena governing fluid flow in underground porous media, such as fluid properties, multiphase flow behavior, and rock-fluid and fluid-fluid interaction properties. Furthermore, they show great potential in the processing and analysis of fluids produced from underground reservoirs as well as in the design and manipulation of injected fluids.

This special issue is dedicated to covering a broad range of research activities, findings, and recent progress in the application of microfluidic devices to the scientific and technical challenges of geofluids and underground porous media. Authors are encouraged and invited to contribute original researches as well as reviews of fully developed, emerging, or potential applications in this field.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Characterization of thermodynamic properties of fluids
  • Chemical analysis of fluids and their interactions
  • Emulsion generation or separation
  • Produced fluid analysis and manipulation
  • Studies on fluid-rock (solid) interaction properties such as relative permeabilities, capillary pressure, wettability, and critical saturation
  • Enhanced oil recovery (EOR) applications
  • Fluid transport in complex porous media and fracture-matrix systems
  • Formation damage
  • Microfluidic-based methods for water monitoring and analysis
  • Reservoir-on-a-chip (ROC): simulation, fabrication, and testing
  • High pressure microfluidics for oil and gas industry applications
  • Chemical and morphological mimicking of complex porous media and their integration in microchips

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 19 October 2018
Publication DateMarch 2019

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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