Advanced Sensing Techniques and Sensor Design for Health Protection

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2022) | Viewed by 5579

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The advances in sensor technology, electronics instrumentation, and digital electronics have led to the production of intelligent systems that allow people to live with a sense of protection by monitoring both the parameters relating to their health and the environment in which they live.

Wearable or non-invasive sensors, together with the new information technology products, make it possible to constantly monitor patients, collect data, contact doctors immediately in case of danger, and possibly even to intervene with first aid, even if the patient is at home or away from health facilities. Sensing in environmental monitoring (pollution, food and water quality, etc.) is also particularly important for health protection, as it makes it possible to prevent conditions of physical or health hazard. So, there is a growing demand for more sensitive, selective, and stable sensors, and for new sensing techniques capable of increasing the sensitivity of commercial sensors. Therefore, it is important to focus research activities on the various preparatory aspects for satisfying these requirements: novel materials investigation, sensors preparation and processing, sensors performance characterization, dedicated instrumentation design and realization, data processing, visualization, and communication.

Based on these considerations, the aim of this Special Issue is to collect innovative, original and high-impact results in this area.

Manuscripts from areas of sensing technology are welcome, including, but not limited to:

  • Gas and vapor sensing;
  • Chemical sensors;
  • Optical sensors;
  • Microwave sensing;
  • Fluctuation enhanced sensing;
  • Metal oxide semiconductor sensors;
  • Carbon materials based sensors;
  • Sensor networks;
  • Sensor interfaces;
  • Sensors data processing.

Dr. Graziella Scandurra
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Applied Sciences is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • sensors
  • sensing technology
  • FES
  • health monitoring
  • health protection; environmental monitoring; high sensitivity instrumentation; data processing

Published Papers (2 papers)

Order results
Result details
Select all
Export citation of selected articles as:

Review

22 pages, 2760 KiB  
Review
Aptamer-Based Biosensors for the Analytical Determination of Bisphenol A in Foodstuffs
by Marica Erminia Schiano, Avazbek Abduvakhidov, Michela Varra and Stefania Albrizio
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(8), 3752; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12083752 - 08 Apr 2022
Cited by 7 | Viewed by 2165
Abstract
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic compound utilized to manufacture plastics for Food Contact Materials (FCMs) or resins for the inside of food containers. Since it was recognized as an Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical (EDC), its implications in pathologies, such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, immune [...] Read more.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic compound utilized to manufacture plastics for Food Contact Materials (FCMs) or resins for the inside of food containers. Since it was recognized as an Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical (EDC), its implications in pathologies, such as cancer, obesity, diabetes, immune system alterations, and developmental and mental disorders, have been widely documented. Diet is considered the main source of exposure for humans to BPA. Consequently, continuous monitoring of the levels of BPA in foods is necessary to assess the risk associated with its consumption in one’s diet. So far, many reviews have been published on biosensors and aptamer-based biosensors, but none of them focus on their applications in their analyses of bisphenols in food matrices. With this review, the authors aim to fill this gap and to take a snapshot of the current state-of-the-art research on aptasensors designed to detect BPA in food matrices. Given that a new TDI value has recently been proposed by the EFSA (0.04 ng/kg), the search for new sensitive tools for the quantitative analysis of BPA is more topical and urgent than ever. From this perspective, aptasensors prove to be a good alternative to traditional analytical techniques for determining BPA levels in food. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Sensing Techniques and Sensor Design for Health Protection)
Show Figures

Figure 1

25 pages, 5876 KiB  
Review
Fluctuation-Enhanced Sensing (FES): A Promising Sensing Technique
by Graziella Scandurra, Janusz Smulko and Laszlo B. Kish
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(17), 5818; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10175818 - 22 Aug 2020
Cited by 9 | Viewed by 2522
Abstract
Fluctuation-enhanced sensing (FES) is a very powerful odor and gas sensing technique and as such it can play a fundamental role in the control of environments and, therefore, in the protection of health. For this reason, we conduct a comprehensive survey on the [...] Read more.
Fluctuation-enhanced sensing (FES) is a very powerful odor and gas sensing technique and as such it can play a fundamental role in the control of environments and, therefore, in the protection of health. For this reason, we conduct a comprehensive survey on the state-of-the-art of the FES technique, highlighting potentials and limits. Particular attention is paid to the dedicated instrumentation necessary for the application of the FES technique and also in this case limits and possible future developments are highlighted. In particular, we address resolution, measurement speed, reproducibility, memory, noise, and other problems such as the influence of humidity. A number of techniques and guidelines are proposed to overcome these problems. Circuit solutions are also discussed. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Sensing Techniques and Sensor Design for Health Protection)
Show Figures

Graphical abstract

Back to TopTop