Worldwide, accurate handling — i.e. analysis, dosage, measurement and control — of small and extremely small mass flow rates of both gases and liquids is becoming more and more important, driven by numerous applications. Examples of economically and societally relevant applications are, e.g. improvement of medical infusion pump systems, nutrition supply and waste drainage in organ-on-a-chip systems, increasing the efficiency of processes that extract oil from oil wells (enhanced oil recovery), systems that measure the energy content (calorific value or Wobbe Index) of natural gas, biogas and Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), monitoring of ground water pollution, improving semiconductor equipment for e.g. etching and deposition, and the production of pharmaceuticals by means of flow chemistry.

Whether in analytical instrumentation, flow chemistry, energy, semiconductor industry, food and beverage or life sciences – microfluidic handling systems are facing four major trends: (1) a need for accurate measurement and calibration facilities; (2) a need for complete functional systems rather than for the individual components; (3) commercialisation of academic research results, and (4) standardisation of fabrication technology & materials, modules & connections, and quality assurance & test equipment. In the future, the impact of this field of research may become bigger and potentially large target markets may arise, especially when spin-off companies start manufacturing and selling their products, systems or pilot plants.

The focus of this conference is mainly on the technology, components, devices and systems that enable the application in microfluidic systems. We invite submission of papers on systems and devices for accurate handling (e.g. dosing, measurement, analysis and control) of (extremely) small mass flow rates of both gases and liquids, and corresponding measurement and control principles.

Previous conferences

The MFHS conference was organized previously in 2012 (Enschede), 2014 (Freiburg), and 2017 (Enschede).

Special issue MDPI Micromachines

Similar to previous years, the best papers from the conference will be selected for a special issue of MDPI Micromachines. Manuscripts submitted to the journal should be extended by at least 40% compared with that of the conference.

Furthermore, Micromachines sponsors the best paper and best poster award.

For previous special issues, please see: special issue 2012, special issue 2014, special issue 2017.