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Special Issue "Smart Materials for Soft Sensors and Actuators"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 16 April 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Youngsu Cha

Center for Robotics Research, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul 02792, Korea
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Interests: smart materials; energy harvesting; flexible sensors and actuators; fluid-structure interactions; robotics
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Porfiri

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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Interests: dynamical systems theory and applications; mechanics of advanced materials; multiphysics modeling; smart materials and structures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Soft active materials are emerging as a promising technology for sensing and actuation.  These materials display physical coupling in two or more domains, such as electrostatics and mechanics in piezoelectrics, while offering the important benefit of flexibility. These propitious features constitute an empowering tool of for new applications in science and engineering, such as wearable devices, artificial skin, artificial muscles, biomimetic robots, and soft robots.

In this Special Issue, we are interested in smart materials for state of the art applications in soft sensors and actuators. We hope that this special issue will be a seed for the new ambitious insight into the science and engineering of smart materials. Exemplary material systems include electroactive polymers, ferroelectrics, ionic polymer metal composites (IPMCs), photovoltaics, piezoelectrics, shape memory alloys (SMAs), and thermoelectrics.

We invite your original research articles about recent technological advancements in smart materials for flexible sensors and actuators. Our scope includes experimental, theoretical, and computational approaches.

Dr. Youngsu Cha
Prof. Dr. Maurizio Porfiri
Guest Editors

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 papers will be 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. Materials is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 1500 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.


  • smart materials
  • soft active materials
  • multifunctional materials
  • electromechanical coupling
  • piezoelectrics
  • flexible sensors
  • flexible actuators
  • wearable devices
  • artificial muscles
  • artificial skin
  • biomimetics
  • soft robotics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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