Special Issue "Power MEMS"


A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Paul D. Ronney
Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Room OHE 430J, Viterbi School of Engineering, 3650 McClintock Ave., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-1453, USA
Website: http://ronney.usc.edu
E-Mail: ronney@usc.edu
Phone: +1 213 740 0490
Fax: +1 213 740 8071
Interests: power MEMS; heat transfer; combustion; catalysis; solid oxide fuel cells; microbial fuel cells; PEM fuel cells

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Common fuels contain at least 50 times more energy per unit mass than the best batteries, which is why every day, everywhere in the world we convert fuels into electrical or motive power for the vast majority of our energy needs. In contrast, not one of us has a fuel-powered laptop computer or cell phone despite the same advantage in energy density, primarily because we have not found practical ways to scale-down existing electrical or motive power generation systems. Moreover, there are many opportunities to “harvest” small amounts of otherwise wasted energy from large-scale systems to supply sensors, cameras, wireless data links, etc. With these motivations, researchers in the field of “Power MEMS” aim to develop small-scale power production devices, particularly in applications where batteries are typically used. In light of this, we announce a Special Issue on “Power MEMS” and invite original contributions. We seek not only to report on recent developments, but also to mold the future of the field. Example topics include, but are not limited to, microscale combustion and reacting flows, fuel cells, thermoelectric or thermophotovoltaic generators, piezoelectric or electromagnetic energy harvesters and airbreathing or rocket propulsion devices.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Paul Ronney
Guest Editor


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  • Power MEMS
  • Micropower generation
  • Microcombustion
  • Microengines
  • Energy harvesting
  • Micro fuel cells

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Micromachines 2014, 5(3), 558-569; doi:10.3390/mi5030558
Received: 3 July 2014 / Revised: 12 August 2014 / Accepted: 18 August 2014 / Published: 21 August 2014
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Micromachines 2014, 5(2), 171-203; doi:10.3390/mi5020171
Received: 17 February 2014 / Revised: 27 March 2014 / Accepted: 28 March 2014 / Published: 8 April 2014
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