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In-capillary immuno-preconcentration with circulating bio-functionalized magnetic beads for capillary electrophoresis
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - Thanh Duc Mai Peter Hauser Stéphanie Descroix Cédric Crosnier de Lassichère Myriam Taverna Claire Smadja
HAL - 02343981 1 - - 2019
This study reports on the conception of magneto-Capillary Electrophoresis (magneto-CE), an approach integrating immuno-capture on circulating bio-functionalized magnetic beads into a unique capillary for preconcentration and electrokinetic separation. This hybrid mode is an evolution of in-capillary magnetic bead-based operation from static cluster format to dynamic configuration where beads are allowed to controllably circulate inside a CE capillary for interaction improvement. To implement the magneto-CE operation, a purpose-made instrument was constructed, allowing visual observation of the movement of the magnetic beads. We applied a new methodological strategy for determination of the amyloid β peptide (Aβ 1–42), which is as an established biomarker for molecular diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The methodology is based on magneto-immuno-capture of fluorescently labeled Aβ 1–42 followed by a chemical elution with a basic solution prior to CE separation with laser induced fluorescent (LIF) detection. The superiority of this dynamic configuration of magneto-CE was demonstrated for this target analyte, with sample pretreatment and separation being performed in-capillary without any delay in between and without any waste of pretreated sample, which otherwise would not be the case with offline/batch-wise operation.
Topographical cues control the morphology and dynamics of migrating cortical interneurons
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - Claire Leclech, Marianne Renner, Catherine Villard, Christine Métin
Biomaterials - 214 119194 - doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.05.005 - 2019
In mammalian embryos, cortical interneurons travel long distances among complex three-dimensional tissues before integrating into cortical circuits. Several molecular guiding cues involved in this migration process have been identified, but the influence of physical parameters remains poorly understood. In the present study, we have investigated in vitro the influence of the topography of the microenvironment on the migration of primary cortical interneurons released from mouse embryonic explants. We found that arrays of PDMS micro-pillars of 10 μm size and spacing, either round or square, influenced both the morphology and the migratory behavior of interneurons. Strikingly, most interneurons exhibited a single and long leading process oriented along the diagonals of the square pillared array, whereas leading processes of interneurons migrating in-between round pillars were shorter, often branched and oriented in all available directions. Accordingly, dynamic studies revealed that growth cone divisions were twice more frequent in round than in square pillars. Both soma and leading process tips presented forward directed movements within square pillars, contrasting with the erratic trajectories and more dynamic movements observed among round pillars. In support of these observations, long interneurons migrating in square pillars displayed tight bundles of stable microtubules aligned in the direction of migration. Overall, our results show that micron-sized topography provides global spatial constraints promoting the establishment of different morphological and migratory states. Remarkably, these different states belong to the natural range of migratory behaviors of cortical interneurons, highlighting the potential importance of topographical cues in the guidance of these embryonic neurons, and more generally in brain development.
VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor) Functionalized Magnetic Beads in a Microfluidic Device to Improve the Angiogenic Balance in Preeclampsia
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - Laura Trapiella-Alfonso, Lucile Alexandre, Camille Fraichard , Kelly Pons, Simon Dumas, Lucie Huart, Jean-François Gaucher, Marylise Hebert-Schuster, Jean Guibourdenche , Thierry Fournier, Michel Vidal, Isabelle Broutin, Lau
Hypertension - 74(1) 145-153 - DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.12380 - 2019
Preeclampsia is a hypertensive pregnancy disease associated with a massive increase in sFlt-1 (soluble form of the vascular endothelial growth factor 1) in the maternal circulation, responsible for angiogenic imbalance and endothelial dysfunction. Pilot studies suggest that extracorporeal apheresis may reduce circulating sFlt-1 and prolong pregnancy. Nonspecific apheresis systems have potential adverse effects because of the capture of many other molecules. Our concept is based on a specific and competitive apheresis approach using VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) functionalized magnetic beads to capture sFlt-1 while releasing endogenous PlGF (placental growth factor) to restore a physiological angiogenic balance. Magnetic beads were functionalized with VEGF to capture sFlt-1. Experiments were performed using PBS, conditioned media from human trophoblastic cells, and human plasma. The proof of concept was validated in dynamic conditions in a microfluidic device as an approach mimicking real apheresis. Magnetic beads were functionalized with VEGF and characterized to evaluate their surface ligand density and recognition capabilities. VEGF-coated magnetic beads proved to be an efficient support in capturing sFlt-1 and releasing PlGF. In static conditions, sFlt-1 concentration decreased by 33±13%, whereas PlGF concentration increased by 27±10%. In dynamic conditions, the performances were improved, with 40% reduction of sFlt-1 and up to 2-fold increase of free PlGF. The sFlt-1/PlGF ratio was reduced by 63% in the plasma of preeclamptic patients. Apheresis was also associated with VEGF release. A ligand-based approach using VEGF-coated beads is an effective approach to the capture of sFlt-1 and the release of endogenous PlGF. It offers new perspectives for the treatment of preeclampsia.
Controlling the distance of highly confined droplets in a capillary by interfacial tension for merging on-demand
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - D. Ferraro, M. Serra, D. Filippi, L. Zago,a E. Guglielmin,a M. Pierno, S. Descroix, J.-L. Viovy and G. Mistura
Hypertension - 74(1) 145-153 - DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.12380 - 2019
Droplet microfluidics is a powerful technology that finds many applications in chemistry and biomedicine. Among different configurations, droplets confined in a capillary (or plugs) present a number of advantages: they allow positional identification and simplify the integration of complex multi-steps protocols. However, these protocols rely on the control of droplet speed, which is affected by a complex and still debated interplay of various physico-chemical parameters like droplet length, viscosity ratio between droplets and carrier fluid, flow rate and interfacial tension. We present here a systematic investigation of the droplet speed as a function of their length and interfacial tension, and propose a novel, simple and robust methodology to control the relative distance between consecutive droplets flowing in microfluidic channels through the addition of surfactants either into the dispersed and/or into the continuous phases. As a proof of concept application, we present the possibility to accurately trigger in space and time the merging of two confined droplets flowing in a uniform cross-section circular capillary. This approach is further validated by monitoring a conventional enzymatic reaction used to quantify the concentration of H2O2 in a biological sample, showing its potentialities in both continuous and stopped assay methods.
Controlling the distance of highly confined droplets in a capillary by interfacial tension for merging on-demand
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - D. Ferraro, M. Serra, D. Filippi, L. Zago,a E. Guglielmin,a M. Pierno, S. Descroix, J.-L. Viovy and G. Mistura
Lab. Chip - 74(1) 145-153 - DOI: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.12380 - 2019
Droplet microfluidics is a powerful technology that finds many applications in chemistry and biomedicine. Among different configurations, droplets confined in a capillary (or plugs) present a number of advantages: they allow positional identification and simplify the integration of complex multi-steps protocols. However, these protocols rely on the control of droplet speed, which is affected by a complex and still debated interplay of various physico-chemical parameters like droplet length, viscosity ratio between droplets and carrier fluid, flow rate and interfacial tension. We present here a systematic investigation of the droplet speed as a function of their length and interfacial tension, and propose a novel, simple and robust methodology to control the relative distance between consecutive droplets flowing in microfluidic channels through the addition of surfactants either into the dispersed and/or into the continuous phases. As a proof of concept application, we present the possibility to accurately trigger in space and time the merging of two confined droplets flowing in a uniform cross-section circular capillary. This approach is further validated by monitoring a conventional enzymatic reaction used to quantify the concentration of H2O2 in a biological sample, showing its potentialities in both continuous and stopped assay methods.
Magnetic fluidized bed for solid phase extraction in microfluidic systems†
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - Iago Pereiro, ORCID logo ‡abc Sanae Tabnaoui,‡ab Marc Fermigier,d Olivia du Roure,d Stéphanie Descroix,abc Jean-Louis Viovy*abc and Laurent Malaquin
Lab. Chip - 17 1603-1615 - https://doi.org/10.1039/C7LC00063D - 2019
Fluidization, a process in which a granular solid phase behaves like a fluid under the influence of an imposed upward fluid flow, is routinely used in many chemical and biological engineering applications. It brings, to applications involving fluid–solid exchanges, advantages such as high surface to volume ratio, constant mixing, low flow resistance, continuous operation and high heat transfer. We present here the physics of a new miniaturized, microfluidic fluidized bed, in which gravity is replaced by a magnetic field created by an external permanent magnet, and the solid phase is composed of magnetic microbeads with diameters ranging from 1 to 5 μm. These beads can be functionalized with different ligands, catalysts or enzymes, in order to use the fluidized bed as a continuous purification column or bioreactor. It allows flow-through operations at flow rates ranging from 100 nL min−1 up to 5 μL min−1 at low driving pressures (<100 mbar) with intimate liquid/solid contact and a continuous recirculation of beads for enhanced target capture efficiencies. The physics of the system presents significant differences as compared to conventional fluidized beds, which are studied here. The effects of magnetic field profile, flow chamber shape and magnetic bead dipolar interactions on flow regimes are investigated, and the different regimes of operation are described. Qualitative rules to obtain optimal operation are deduced. Finally, an exemplary use as a platform for immunocapture is provided, presenting a limit of detection of 0.2 ng mL−1 for 200 μL volume samples.
The power of solid supports in multiphase and droplet-based microfluidics: towards clinical applications
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - M. Serra, D. Ferraro, I. Pereiro, J.-L. Viovyabc and S. Descroix
Lab. Chip - 17 3979-3999 - https://doi.org/10.1039/C7LC00582B - 2019
Multiphase and droplet microfluidic systems are growing in relevance in bioanalytical-related fields, especially due to the increased sensitivity, faster reaction times and lower sample/reagent consumption of many of its derived bioassays. Often applied to homogeneous (liquid/liquid) reactions, innovative strategies for the implementation of heterogeneous (typically solid/liquid) processes have recently been proposed. These involve, for example, the extraction and purification of target analytes from complex matrices or the implementation of multi-step protocols requiring efficient washing steps. To achieve this, solid supports such as functionalized particles (micro or nanometric) presenting different physical properties (e.g. magnetic, optical or others) are used for the binding of specific entities. The manipulation of such supports with different microfluidic principles has both led to the miniaturization of existing biomedical protocols and the development of completely new strategies for diagnostics and research. In this review, multiphase and droplet-based microfluidic systems using solid suspensions are presented and discussed with a particular focus on: i) working principles and technological developments of the manipulation strategies and ii) applications, critically discussing the level of maturity of these systems, which can range from initial proofs of concept to real clinical validations.
A new biomimetic assay reveals the temporal role of matrix stiffening in cancer cell invasion
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - Ralitza Staneva, Federica Burla, Gijsje H. Koenderink, Stéphanie Descroix, Danijela Matic Vignjevic, Youmna Attieh, and Marine Verhulsel Manuel Théry, Monitoring Editor
Molecular Biology of the Cell - 29 29 - doi.org/10.1091/mbc.E18-01-0068 - 2019
Tumor initiation and growth is associated with significant changes in the surrounding tissue. During carcinoma progression, a global stiffening of the extracellular matrix is observed and is interpreted as a signature of aggressive invasive tumors. However, it is still unknown whether this increase in matrix rigidity promotes invasion and whether this effect is constant along the course of invasion. Here we have developed a biomimetic in vitro assay that enabled us to address the question of the importance of tissue rigidity in the chronology of tumor invasion. Using low concentrations of the sugar threose, we can effectively stiffen reconstituted collagen I matrices and control the stiffening in time with no direct effect on residing cells. Our findings demonstrate that, depending on the timing of its stiffening, the extracellular matrix could either inhibit or promote cancer cell invasion and subsequent metastasis: while matrix stiffening after the onset of invasion promotes cancer cell migration and tumor spreading, stiff matrices encapsulate the tumor at an early stage and prevent cancer cell invasion. Our study suggests that adding a temporal dimension in in vitro models to analyze biological processes in four dimensions is necessary to fully capture their complexity.
Redox-Triggered Control of Cell Adhesion and Deadhesion on Poly(lysine)-g-poly(ethylene oxide) Adlayers
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - Louise Hespel, Julien Dupré de Baubigny, Pierre Lalanne, Simon de Beco, Mathieu Coppey, Catherine Villard, Vincent Humblot, Emmanuelle Marie, and Christophe Tribet
ACS Appl. Bio Mater - 10 4367-4376 - doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.9b00601 - 2019
Spontaneous adsorption of poly(lysine)-g-poly(ethylene glycol) comb-like copolymers (PLL-g-PEG) is a versatile mean to coat substrates with polymer layers that resist cell adhesion. We prepared redox cleavable PLL-g-PEG to switch adhesion on demand. Redox sensitivity was obtained by introducing disulfide linkers between the PLL backbone and PEG strands. This modification was done alone or in combination with an azide end on the PEG strands that enabled in situ conjugations of adhesion peptides or fluorescent labels (by a simple application of commercially available molecules for copper-free click chemistry compatible with cell survival). To balance the functional (adhesion-promoting) vs cell-repellent copolymers, mixed layers of adjusted compositions were obtained by coadsorption from mixed solutions of the cleavable copolymer with noncleavable and repellant PLL-g-PEG. The deposition of copolymers and quantitative cleavage as triggered by reductive conditions (application of solutions of tris(carboxyethyl)phosphine, dithiothreitol, or glutathione) were characterized by QCM-D, XPS, and fluorescence microscopy. In cell culture conditions, redox-triggered cleavage was obtained by a nontoxic application of TCEP for a few minutes, enabling either to release cell attachment points (i.e., cleavage of RGD-presenting areas) or to “open” nonspecific adherent areas (i.e., transition from PEG-presenting areas to adherent PLL-like coatings).
Amperometric detection of diclofenac at a nano-structured multi-wall carbon nanotubes sensing
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - Cyrine Slim, Nisrine Tlili, Cyrille Richard, Sophie Griveau, Fethi Bedioui
ELSEVIER - 107 107454 - doi:ff10.1016/j.inoche.2019.107454 - 2019
COOH-functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNTs) film coated on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) were prepared, and the detection of diclofenac (DCF) was investigated on by cyclic voltammetry and amperometry. The results showed that the nano-structured electrodes exhibit good analytical performances towards the electrochemical oxidation of DCF with a detection limit of 0.1 µM and a sensitivity of 0.06 µA . µM-1 within a dynamic concentration range varying from 2 μM to 15 µM. Keywords: diclofenac; multi-walled carbon nanotubes; amperometry, detection
Amperometric detection of diclofenac at a nano-structured multi-wall carbon nanotubes sensing films
Laboratoire Macromolécules et Microsystèmes en Biologie et Médecine - Cyrine Slima, Nisrine Tlilia, Cyrille Richard, Sophie Griveaua, FethiBedioui
ELSEVIER - 107 107454 - doi.org/10.1016/j.inoche.2019.107454 - 2019
COOH-functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNTs) film coated on glassy carbon electrode (GCE) were prepared, and the detection of diclofenac (DCF) was investigated by cyclic voltammetry and amperometry. The results showed that the nano-structured electrodes exhibit good analytical performances towards the electrochemical oxidation of DCF with a detection limit of 0.1 μM and a sensitivity of 0.06 μA. μM−1 within a dynamic concentration range varying from 2 μM to 15 μM
Microfluidic model of the platelet-generating organ: beyond bone marrow biomimetics
Laboratoire Microfluidique MEMS et nanostructures - Antoine Blin, Anne Le Goff, Aurélie Magniez, Sonia Poirault-Chassac, Bruno Teste, Géraldine Sicot, Kim Anh Nguyen, Feriel S. Hamdi, Mathilde Reyssat & Dominique Baruch
Nature - Scientific Reports 6 21700 - DOI: 10.1038/srep21700 - 2019
We present a new, rapid method for producing blood platelets in vitro from cultured megakaryocytes based on a microfluidic device. This device consists in a wide array of VWF-coated micropillars. Such pillars act as anchors on megakaryocytes, allowing them to remain trapped in the device and subjected to hydrodynamic shear. The combined effect of anchoring and shear induces the elongation of megakaryocytes and finally their rupture into platelets and proplatelets. This process was observed with megakaryocytes from different origins and found to be robust. This original bioreactor design allows to process megakaryocytes at high throughput (millions per hour). Since platelets are produced in such a large amount, their extensive biological characterisation is possible and shows that platelets produced in this bioreactor are functional.
Universal diagram for the kinetics of particle deposition in micro channels
Laboratoire Microfluidique MEMS et nanostructures - C.M. Cejas, F. Monti, M. Truchet, J.-P. Burnouf, P. Tabeling
Phys. Rev. E - 98 62606 - - 2019
Universal diagram for the kinetics of particle deposition in micro channels.
Foam as a self-assembling amorphous photonic band gap material
Laboratoire Microfluidique MEMS et nanostructures - View ORCID ProfileJoshua Ricouvier, Patrick Tabeling, and Pavel Yazhgur
Phys. Fluids - 116 (19) 9202-9207 - doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1820526116 - 2019
We show that slightly polydisperse disordered 2D foams can be used as a self-assembled template for isotropic photonic band gap (PBG) materials for transverse electric (TE) polarization. Calculations based on in-house experimental and simulated foam structures demonstrate that, at sufficient refractive index contrast, a dry foam organization with threefold nodes and long slender Plateau borders is especially advantageous to open a large PBG. A transition from dry to wet foam structure rapidly closes the PBG mainly by formation of bigger fourfold nodes, filling the PBG with defect modes. By tuning the foam area fraction, we find an optimal quantity of dielectric material, which maximizes the PBG in experimental systems. The obtained results have a potential to be extended to 3D foams to produce a next generation of self-assembled disordered PBG materials, enabling fabrication of cheap and scalable photonic devices.
Fibrin-Targeted Polymerized Shell Microbubbles as Potential Theranostic Agents for Surgical Adhesions
Laboratoire Microfluidique MEMS et nanostructures - Catherine A. Gormley, Benjamin J. Keenan, Jo Ann Buczek-Thomas,† Amanda C. S. N. Pessoa, Jiang Xu, Fabrice Monti, Patrick Tabeling, R. Glynn Holt, Jon O. Nagy, and Joyce Y. Wong
Langmuir - 35(31) 10061–10067 - doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b03692 - 2019
The development of new therapies for surgical adhesions has proven to be difficult as there is no consistently effective way to assess treatment efficacy in clinical trials without performing a second surgery, which can result in additional adhesions. We have developed lipid microbubble formulations that use a short peptide sequence, CREKA, to target fibrin, the molecule that forms nascent adhesions. These targeted polymerized shell microbubbles (PSMs) are designed to allow ultrasound imaging of early adhesions for diagnostic purposes and for evaluating the success of potential treatments in clinical trials while acting as a possible treatment. In this study, we show that CREKA-targeted microbubbles preferentially bind fibrin over fibrinogen and are stable for long periods of time (~48 h), that these bound microbubbles can be visualized by ultrasound, and that neither these lipid-based bubbles nor their diagnostic-ultrasound-induced vibrations damage mesothelial cells in vitro. Moreover, these bubbles show the potential to identify adhesionlike fibrin formations and may hold promise in blocking or breaking up fibrin formations in vivo.

Deposition kinetics of bi- and tridisperse colloidal suspensions in microchannels under the van der Waals regime
Laboratoire Microfluidique MEMS et nanostructures - Cesare M. Cejas, Lucrezia Maini, Fabrice Montia and Patrick Tabeling
Soft Matter - 15 7438-7447 - doi.org/10.1039/C9SM01098J - 2019
We investigate the kinetics of irreversible adsorption under the van der Waals regime, i.e. weakly Brownian polydisperse colloidal suspensions injected into shallow microchannels at high ionic strengths, where each suspension is represented by populations of particles with different particle sizes. We find that each population size of the particle in the suspension can be treated independently using an analytical solution based on the advection–diffusion equation and that the distribution of the adsorbed particles along the channel axis behaves according to a power law. The experimental measurements agree with Langevin simulations and are well accounted for by theory valid in the van der Waals regime. Operating in the van der Waals regime permits the present study to confirm the use of microfluidics as an effective in situ method to measure the Hamaker constant of particles under aqueous conditions.

Droplet generation at Hele-Shaw microfluidic T-junction
Laboratoire Microfluidique MEMS et nanostructures - I. Chakraborty, J. Ricouvier, P. Yazghur, P. Tabeling, A. Leshansky
Phys. Fluids - 31(2) 22010 - DOI: 10.1063/1.5086808 - 2019
Pairwise frictional profile between particles determines discontinuous shear thickening transition in non‐colloidal suspensions
Laboratoire Micromégas - J. Comtet, G. Chatté, A. Niguès, L. Bocquet, A. Siria, and A. Colin
Nat Commun - 8 15633 - DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15633 - 2019
The process by which sheared suspensions go through a dramatic change in viscosity is known as discontinuous shear thickening. Although well-characterized on the macroscale, the microscopic mechanisms at play in this transition are still poorly understood. Here, by developing new experimental procedures based on quartz-tuning fork atomic force microscopy, we measure the pairwise frictional profile between approaching pairs of polyvinyl chloride and cornstarch particles in solvent. We report a clear transition from a low-friction regime, where pairs of particles support a finite normal load, while interacting purely hydrodynamically, to a high-friction regime characterized by hard repulsive contact between the particles and sliding friction. Critically, we show that the normal stress needed to enter the frictional regime at nanoscale matches the critical stress at which shear thickening occurs for macroscopic suspensions. Our experiments bridge nano and macroscales and provide long needed demonstration of the role of frictional forces in discontinuous shear thickening.
Entrance Effects in Concentration-Gradient-Driven Flow Through an Ultrathin Porous Membrane
Laboratoire Micromégas - Daniel J. Rankin, Lydéric Bocquet, David M. Huang
J. Chem. Phys - 151 44705 - DOI:10.1063/1.5108700 - 2019
Transport of liquid mixtures through porous membranes is central to processes such as desalination, chemical separations and energy harvesting, with ultrathin membranes made from novel 2D nanomaterials showing exceptional promise. Here we derive, for the first time, general equations for the solution and solute fluxes through a circular pore in an ultrathin planar membrane induced by a solute concentration gradient. We show that the equations accurately capture the fluid fluxes measured in finite-element numerical simulations for weak solute-membrane interactions. We also derive scaling laws for these fluxes as a function of the pore size and the strength and range of solute-membrane interactions. These scaling relationships differ markedly from those for concentration-gradient-driven flow through a long cylindrical pore or for flow induced by a pressure gradient or electric field through a pore in an ultrathin membrane. These results have broad implications for transport of liquid mixtures through membranes with a thickness on the order of the characteristic pore size.
Osmosis, from molecular insights to large-scale applications
Laboratoire Micromégas - Sophie Marbach, Lyderic Bocquet
Phys. Chem. - 48 3102-3144 - DOI:10.1039/C8CS00420J - 2019
Osmosis is a universal phenomenon occurring in a broad variety of processes and fields. It is the archetype of entropic forces, both trivial in its fundamental expression - the van 't Hoff perfect gas law - and highly subtle in its physical roots. While osmosis is intimately linked with transport across membranes, it also manifests itself as an interfacial transport phenomenon: the so-called diffusio-osmosis and -phoresis, whose consequences are presently actively explored for example for the manipulation of colloidal suspensions or the development of active colloidal swimmers. Here we give a global and unifying view of the phenomenon of osmosis and its consequences with a multi-disciplinary perspective. Pushing the fundamental understanding of osmosis allows to propose new perspectives for different fields and we highlight a number of examples along these lines, for example introducing the concepts of osmotic diodes, active separation and far from equilibrium osmosis, raising in turn fundamental questions in the thermodynamics of separation. The applications of osmosis are also obviously considerable and span very diverse fields. Here we discuss a selection of phenomena and applications where osmosis shows great promises: osmotic phenomena in membrane science (with recent developments in separation, desalination, reverse osmosis for water purification thanks in particular to the emergence of new nanomaterials); applications in biology and health (in particular discussing the kidney filtration process); osmosis and energy harvesting (in particular, osmotic power and blue energy as well as capacitive mixing); applications in detergency and cleaning, as well as for oil recovery in porous media.

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