Prof. Li edits new reference book on micro-, nanofluidics

A new reference book on microfluidics and nanofluidics, edited by Dongqing Li, the H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Vanderbilt, is scheduled for release in May by Springer Publishers in New York.

The three-volume, 2,900-page Encyclopedia of Microfluidics and Nanofluidics contains more than 1,600 illustrations and 750 entries by more than 250 internationally renowned experts “covering all aspects of transport phenomena on the nano- and micro-scale,” according to Springer.

“This comprehensive reference contains the most up-to-date research, insights, and applied techniques across all areas. Subjects covered include electrical double-layers, optofluidics, DNA lab-on-a-chip, nanosensors, and more.”

In a pre-publication review, Qiao Lin, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, wrote, “This reference will provide the first comprehensive collection of overviews and reviews of important topics in the fast expanding area of microfluidics and nanofluidics. The broad spectrum of information it offers is beneficial, as these technologies are impacting an increasingly large number of disciplines in biology, chemistry, medicine and engineering.”

Prof. Li obtained his B.A. and M.Sc. degrees in thermophysics engineering in China, and his Ph.D. degree in thermodynamics from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1991. He was on the faculty of the University of Alberta from 1993 to 2000, and a professor at the University of Toronto from 2000 to 2005. He joined the Vanderbilt engineering faculty in September 2005.

His research interests include microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip. Prof. Li has published one book, 11 book chapters, and 200 journal papers. He is the editor-in-chief of an international journal, Microfluidics and Nanofluidics.