Blood microcirculation is essential to our bodies for the successful supply of nutrients, waste removal, oxygen delivery, homeostasis, controlling temperature, wound healing, and active immune surveillance. This book provides a physical introduction to the subject and explores how researchers can successfully describe, understand, and predict behaviours of blood flow and blood cells that are directly linked to these important physiological functions. Using practical examples, this book explains how the key concepts of physics are related to blood microcirculation and underlie the dynamic behavior of red blood cells, leukocytes, and platelets. This interdisciplinary book will be a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students in biomechanics, fluid mechanics, biomedical engineering, biological physics, and medicine.


  • The first book to provide a physical perspective of blood microcirculation
  • Draws attention to the potential of this physical approach for novel applications in medicine
  • Edited by specialists in this field, with chapter contributions from subject area specialists

chapter Chapter 1|39 pages

Blood in flow. Basic concepts

ByEtienne Loiseau, Annie Viallat, Manouk Abkarian

chapter Chapter 2|36 pages

Dynamics of suspensions of rigid particles

ByStany Gallier, Elisabeth Lemaire

chapter Chapter 3|23 pages

Blood as a suspension of deformable particles

ByMichael D. Graham

chapter Chapter 4|24 pages

Microstructure and rheology of cellular blood flow, platelet margination and adhesion

ByQin M. Qi, Eric S. G. Shaqfeh

chapter Chapter 5|58 pages

Single red blood cell dynamics in shear flow and its role in hemorheology

BySimon Mendez, Manouk Abkarian

chapter Chapter 6|31 pages

Aggregation and blood flow in health and disease

ByViviana Clavería, Christian Wagner, Philippe Connes

chapter Chapter 7|42 pages

Platelet dynamics in blood flow

ByJawaad Sheriff, Danny Bluestein

chapter Chapter 8|30 pages

Blood suspension in a network

BySylvie Lorthois

chapter Chapter 9|23 pages

White blood cell dynamics in micro-flows

ByAnnie Viallat, Emmanuèle Helfer, Jules Dupire

chapter Chapter 10|31 pages

Inertial microfluidics and its applications in hematology

ByWonhee Lee, Dongwoo Lee, Jeong-ah Kim, Bum-Joon Jung

chapter Chapter 11|28 pages

Microfluidic biotechnologies for hematology: separation, disease detection and diagnosis

ByKuan Jiang, Chwee Teck Lim

chapter Chapter 12|49 pages

Blood suspensions in animals

ByUrsula Windberger