Heat Transfer Research
Editorial for special edition Heat Transfer in Biomedicine
Yong X. Tao
Dean, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, USA
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
Editorial: Heat Transfer in Biomedicine
Zhixiong Guo1, and Yong Tao2
1Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ 08854, USA
2Department of Mechanical & Energy Engineering, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203-5017, USA
Heat transfer plays an important role in living systems as it regulates the body temperature. A large number of biomedical applications associate with heat transfer include bioheat transfer, biopreservation, cryosurgery, cryobiology, thermal evolution, hyperthermia, hypothermia, thermal ablation, laser ablation, photodynamic therapy, etc. Nowadays, a fast growth of research activity on heat transfer in biomedicine has arisen.
This special issue is aimed at reviewing the most recent developments and research efforts in the field of the authors' expertise, with the purpose of providing guideline for future research directions. The issue includes with an overview of challenges and opportunities in heat/mass transfer in biopreservation by Devireddy. The scientific field of biopreservation can be broadly classified into three distinct but interrelated research areas: cryopreservation, desiccation, and freeze-drying. They involve emerging and evolving field of biospecimen procurement, preservation, and banking, as well as the processing of cells and tissues. In tumor cryosurgery, many critical issues exist in the modeling of bioheat transfer due to the existence of phase change. Deng and Liu discussed several numerical strategies to deal with these issues.
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