Special Issue "Hydrogel-Based Chemosensors"


A special issue of Chemosensors (ISSN 2227-9040).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andreas Richter
Polymeric Microsystems, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden 01062, Germany
Website: http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_elektrotechnik_und_informationstechnik/ihm/ppm/mitarbeiter/andreas.richter
E-Mail: andreas.richter7@tu-dresden.de
Phone: +49 351 463 36336
Fax: +49 351 463 37021
Interests: microsystems; system integration; microfluidics; chemical sensors and sensor systems; imaging systems; energy harvesting; actuator systems; intrinsically active polymers; chemical information processing

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Karl-Friedrich Arndt
Chair Physical Chemistry of Polymers , Department of Chemistry and Food Chemistry , Technische Universität Dresden, 01062 Dresden, Germany
Website: http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_mathematik_und_naturwissenschaften/fachrichtung_chemie/pcp/mitarbeiter/karl-friedrich.arndt
E-Mail: Karl-Friedrich.Arndt@chemie.tu-dresden.de
Phone: +49 352 463 32013
Interests: physical chemistry of polymers; characterisation of polymers; polymer networks; light scattering

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Gerald Gerlach
Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Institute of Solid State Electronics, Technische Universität Dresden and Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, 01062 Dresden, Germany
Website: http://tu-dresden.de/die_tu_dresden/fakultaeten/fakultaet_elektrotechnik_und_informationstechnik/ife
E-Mail: Gerald.Gerlach@tu-dresden.de
Phone: +49 463 32077
Interests: physical and chemical sensors; modelling and simulation; functional materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Polymer gels are an astonishing and fascinating material. At a first glance, they are just composed of a cross-linked polymer network and interstitial fluid. But their ability to absorb large amounts of water or other solvents and – associated with this – a huge volume change make them ideal candidates for technical applications. Apart from the swelling, two other properties make hydrogels especially attractive:

First, a strong volume change can be excited by a large spectrum of different physical and chemical factors. This regards for instance temperature, electrical voltage, pH, concentration of organic compounds in water, and salt and ion concentrations. Second, the volume change due to these physical or chemical stimuli is reversible. Hence, hydrogels are chemo-mechanical transducers converting chemical energy into mechanical energy and vice versa. This offers a huge potential for new sensor and actuator principles especially for applications in all fields where aqueous solutions play a decisive role, e.g. in process engineering, fluidics, chemistry, cell biology, and drug delivery. Such a behaviour makes hydrogels real “smart” materials.

Meanwhile, the first industrial applications of hydrogel-based sensor technology were reported. The next-generation sensors will not only be able to measure measurands other than traditional pH value or solvent concentration but will also provide new features like autarkic operation or the automatic adjustment of the measurement range. However, the utilization of these materials for chemical sensors still shows plenty of problems to be solved because sensors traditionally need properties like long-term stable characteristics, high reproducibility in the percent range and a selectivity towards the measurand without interference from other quantities.

To overcome these challenges new insights into the nature and the operation of hydrogels as part of technical systems are needed. Therefore we proposed this Special Issue to bring together new results in research and development that focus on the most recent advances in (i) phase-transition phenomena of stimuli-responsive hydrogels useful for sensor applications including their physical basis and modelling, (ii) basic transducer principles of hydrogel-based chemical sensors, (3) advanced systems employing hydrogel-based sensors, and (iv) novel or advanced approaches regarding the processing of hydrogels, the integration of hydrogels into technical environments and the fabrication of hydrogel-based sensors.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Richter
Prof. Dr. Karl-Friedrich Arndt
Prof. Dr. Gerald Gerlach
Guest Editors


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  • stimuli-responsive hydrogels
  • phase transition phenomena
  • physics and modelling
  • transducer principles
  • advanced sensor systems

Published Papers (7 papers)

by ,  and
Chemosensors 2014, 2(2), 145-170; doi:10.3390/chemosensors2020145
Received: 3 July 2013; in revised form: 15 April 2014 / Accepted: 14 May 2014 / Published: 10 June 2014
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by , , , , ,  and
Chemosensors 2014, 2(2), 97-107; doi:10.3390/chemosensors2020097
Received: 8 October 2013; in revised form: 10 January 2014 / Accepted: 13 March 2014 / Published: 26 March 2014
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by ,  and
Chemosensors 2014, 2(1), 1-12; doi:10.3390/chemosensors2010001
Received: 15 October 2013; in revised form: 19 November 2013 / Accepted: 12 December 2013 / Published: 30 December 2013
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by  and
Chemosensors 2013, 1(3), 43-67; doi:10.3390/chemosensors1030043
Received: 11 July 2013; in revised form: 19 September 2013 / Accepted: 4 November 2013 / Published: 20 November 2013
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by , ,  and
Chemosensors 2013, 1(3), 33-42; doi:10.3390/chemosensors1030033
Received: 24 August 2013; in revised form: 14 September 2013 / Accepted: 16 October 2013 / Published: 28 October 2013
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by ,  and
Chemosensors 2013, 1(3), 21-32; doi:10.3390/chemosensors1030021
Received: 1 July 2013; in revised form: 10 September 2013 / Accepted: 16 September 2013 / Published: 30 September 2013
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Chemosensors 2013, 1(2), 3-20; doi:10.3390/chemosensors1020003
Received: 18 July 2013; in revised form: 23 August 2013 / Accepted: 27 August 2013 / Published: 11 September 2013
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Last update: 9 July 2013

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