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Special Issue "Emerging Functional Materials for Sensor Applications"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Optical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 1679

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Sensor Engineering Department, Maastricht University, 6200 MD Maastricht, The Netherlands
Interests: organic chemistry; polymer and hydrogel synthesis; molecular imprinting; biosensing; drug delivery
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Bar-Ilan Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan 52900, Israel
Interests: Nanotechnology; Nanomaterials; Quantum dots; Sensors
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Dear Colleagues,

Nanotechnology and nanoscale materials are a new and exciting field of research. In this Special Issue of Sensors, original peer-reviewed papers covering all aspects of nanosensors will be published. Original theoretical and experimental papers will be considered, as well as review papers. The use of sensor materials based on nanoscience and nanotechnology enables easy miniaturization, automation, affordability, suitability, and sustainability of sensing systems and devices. Subjects include but are not limited to several nanostructures, including nanoparticles, nanotubes, nanorods, quantum dots, carbon dots, embedded nanostructures, graphene, nanogels, nanospheres, porous silicon, self-assembled materials, hybrid nanostructure, nanocomposites, etc., that are currently used in the development of nanosensors: chemosensors, biosensors, electrical and thermal-based sensors, gas sensors, radiation sensors, mass-sensitive and fiber-optic sensors, optoelectronic and photonic sensors, electrochemical sensors, all types of physical sensors and applications for food industry, environmental monitoring, and human health. In general, this section provides a platform for nanomaterials-based sensors for the publication of original and scientific research that is likely to have a large general impact, also with the aim of initiating other special issues.

The aim of this Special Issue is to gather new developments and future trends in sensors based on functional nanomaterials including nanoparticles, hybrid nanomaterials, and nanocomposites for environmental, food industry, and human health monitoring and their utility. We welcome both original research and review articles.

Thus, the fields of interest include (but are not limited to): sensors and sensor systems based on nanomaterials, hybrid nanostructures, and nanocomposites in biomedical science and engineering, sensing in the liquid and gas phases, environmental and food industry.

Dr. Kasper Eersels
Dr. Poushali Das
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  • nanosensors
  • nanobiosensors
  • nanocomposites
  • nanomaterials
  • hybrid nanostructures
  • quantum dots
  • carbon dots
  • chemosensors
  • electrical and thermal-based sensors
  • gas sensors
  • radiation sensors
  • mass-sensitive and fiber-optic sensors
  • optoelectronic and photonic sensors
  • electrochemical sensors
  • all other types of physical sensors

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Direct Ink-Write Printing of Ceramic Clay with an Embedded Wireless Temperature and Relative Humidity Sensor
Sensors 2023, 23(6), 3352; - 22 Mar 2023
Cited by 1 | Viewed by 845
This research presents a simple method to additively manufacture Cone 5 porcelain clay ceramics by using the direct ink-write (DIW) printing technique. DIW has allowed the application of extruding highly viscous ceramic materials with relatively high-quality and good mechanical properties, which additionally allows [...] Read more.
This research presents a simple method to additively manufacture Cone 5 porcelain clay ceramics by using the direct ink-write (DIW) printing technique. DIW has allowed the application of extruding highly viscous ceramic materials with relatively high-quality and good mechanical properties, which additionally allows a freedom of design and the capability of manufacturing complex geometrical shapes. Clay particles were mixed with deionized (DI) water at different ratios, where the most suitable composition for 3D printing was observed at a 1:5 w/c ratio (16.2 wt.%. of DI water). Differential geometrical designs were printed to demonstrate the printing capabilities of the paste. In addition, a clay structure was fabricated with an embedded wireless temperature and relative humidity (RH) sensor during the 3D printing process. The embedded sensor read up to 65% RH and temperatures of up to 85 °F from a maximum distance of 141.7 m. The structural integrity of the selected 3D printed geometries was confirmed through the compressive strength of fired and non-fired clay samples, with strengths of 70 MPa and 90 MPa, respectively. This research demonstrates the feasibility of using the DIW printing of porcelain clay with embedded sensors, with fully functional temperature- and humidity-sensing capabilities. Full article
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