Thematic Issue: “Letters: Micro/Nanosystems Mechanobiology”

The “Letters” in IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology (TNANO) will devote a themed issue “Micro/Nanosystems Mechanobiology” to a collection of papers highlighting research and technology development in micro/nano-engineered systems for mechanobiology. The capabilities of cells to sense and respond to biomechanical cues in the cell microenvironment, including matrix stiffness, topography, fluidic flow, external forces, etc., play critical roles in various physiological and pathological processes. The understanding of the mechanosensing mechanisms at the cellular and molecular levels requires the development of novel micro- and nano-scale systems to interact with mechanosensing machineries in cells. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Micro/nanofabricated devices for cell/molecular mechanics
  • Biochips and bio-MEMS
  • Microfluidics
  • Surface nanotopography
  • Molecular sensors for force measurement
  • Cell-matrix interactions
  • Engineered tumor microenvironment
  • Cell adhesion, migration, and contraction
  • Cell membrane mechanics
  • Cell-nanoparticles interactions
  • Constitutive and computational modeling of cells and biomolecules

Submissions are solicited from researchers in the field for short reports of original research and perspectives and mini-reviews on emerging topics for this themed issue. Papers submitted to the “Letters” are limited to a maximum of 4 journal pages in the two-column IEEE format, which includes figures, tables, and references. Manuscripts will be subject to the same competitive and constructive peer-review criteria of TNANO with no article publishing charges.
The “Letters” in TNANO serves as forum for rapid publication of high-quality articles – featuring the topics of great current interest in all areas of nanotechnology. The submission to publication time is expected to be approximately six weeks. Accepted papers are published on the web in IEEE Xplore as soon as they are submitted in final form. Web-published papers have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier), and are fully citable and downloadable.
Follow the guideline (), and submit your paper to ScholarOne ManuscriptsTM at , indicating in the cover letter that you wish the paper to be considered for the Special Issue “Letters: Nano/Micro Engineered and Molecular Systems”. Note that the submitted article cannot be a verbatim copy of a published conference article and your manuscript must contain at least 30% new results when compared with conference papers.
Submission deadline: July 31, 2017
Anticipated publication: September 2017
Please address all other correspondence regarding this special issue to the Guest Editors:
Yubing Sun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Deok-Ho Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, University of Washington-Seattle
Pak Kin Wong, Ph.D.
Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Penn State University