Special Issue "Bioinspired Sensor Systems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2011)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Manel Del Valle
Sensors & Biosensors Group, Department of Chemistry, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici Cn, Campus de Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallés), 08193 Barcelona, Spain
Website: http://gent.uab.es/mdelvalle
E-Mail: manel.delvalle@uab.es
Interests: automation in analytical chemistry; bioinspired analytical systems; FIA systems; SIA systems; chemical sensors; biosensors; genosensors; Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy; sensor arrays; electronic tongues

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nature has developed, by many years’ evolution processes, sensing organs and strategies that are being really difficult to equal by sensor technologists in versatility, performance, tolerance to saturation or sensitivity. Curiously, the strategies followed by nature are quite different from those used by researchers in the last decades – in the past, the main goals of researchers was to look for high sensitivity and selectivity devices, features not always possible to obtain. A second consideration is related to the number of analytes that might be of interest, or the number of spots needed to scrutinize. For these needs, common principles shared by the different animal senses, are showing to be of exceptional effectiveness. First, receptors in sensor buds are not of high specificity, but of broad response – and second, animal senses use bunches of slightly different receptors to allow by combinatorial principles to discriminate between thousands of objectives. With these concepts, in any detection event a large number of individual, imperfect responses are generated that next are processed by nervous system, in the simple insect, the hound dog or the human being; and it is the processing of the multivariate information that will deduct the direction to follow in order to mate, the trail of a prey or the presence of a scent. From these principles, it stands out the electronic noses, formed by slightly different sensor arrays to perform analysis in the gas phase, or electronic tongues, using arrays of sensors, that can be of different nature and will be applied with liquid samples. The sensor array principle may be extended to the use of biosensors, in search of improving their intrinsically superior selectivity, where they can offer interesting options for medical diagnostic or security threats. Similarly, the objectives of the system may be to mimic animal senses, to perform olfaction or tasting in hazard conditions, or in non-stop manner: this objective is followed by artificial olfaction or artificial taste researchers. But the same principle of using sets of sensors is being adapted to many other objectives: per example a skin of pressure sensors to detect structural stress in vehicles or buildings. In connection to this, biology offers very interesting operating principles to locate a source from an odor plume, or to track a fish prey from some residues, of uppermost interest in the case of locating victims of catastrophes or explosives. Also related is the sensor networking principles, aimed to detect entrance of a chemical (or an intruder), that can be devised from common principles used by ants or bees: to operate a number of sensing devices deployed along a region, and establish simple communication between them to locate the spot. The special issue of the journal Sensors will cover these different aspects of biologically inspired sensing, which surely will be of interest to grasp these last trends in the field.

Dr. Manel del Valle
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • electronic nose
  • electronic tongue
  • electronic eye
  • sensor skin
  • artificial location
  • artificial olfaction
  • artificial taste
  • artificial sensory panel
  • multiplex biosensing
  • object tracking
  • odor tracking
  • swarm sensor networks

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p. 10180-10186
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Sensors 2011, 11(11), 10180-10186; doi:10.3390/s111110180
Received: 21 October 2011; Accepted: 21 October 2011 / Published: 26 October 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(8), 8180-8202; doi:10.3390/s110808180
Received: 13 June 2011; in revised form: 12 August 2011 / Accepted: 15 August 2011 / Published: 23 August 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(8), 8164-8179; doi:10.3390/s110808164
Received: 16 February 2011; in revised form: 6 July 2011 / Accepted: 15 August 2011 / Published: 22 August 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(8), 7799-7822; doi:10.3390/s110807799
Received: 10 June 2011; in revised form: 7 August 2011 / Accepted: 7 August 2011 / Published: 9 August 2011
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p. 7022-7036
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Sensors 2011, 11(7), 7022-7036; doi:10.3390/s110707022
Received: 12 May 2011; in revised form: 30 June 2011 / Accepted: 5 July 2011 / Published: 6 July 2011
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p. 6435-6453
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Sensors 2011, 11(6), 6435-6453; doi:10.3390/s110606435
Received: 29 April 2011; in revised form: 29 May 2011 / Accepted: 16 June 2011 / Published: 17 June 2011
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p. 5968-5980
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Sensors 2011, 11(6), 5968-5980; doi:10.3390/s110605968
Received: 14 April 2011; Accepted: 23 May 2011 / Published: 1 June 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(6), 5561-5595; doi:10.3390/s110605561
Received: 3 April 2011; in revised form: 14 May 2011 / Accepted: 19 May 2011 / Published: 26 May 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(6), 5596-5615; doi:10.3390/s110605596
Received: 24 March 2011; in revised form: 28 April 2011 / Accepted: 16 May 2011 / Published: 26 May 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(5), 4899-4916; doi:10.3390/s110504899
Received: 6 April 2011; in revised form: 25 April 2011 / Accepted: 28 April 2011 / Published: 4 May 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(5), 4840-4857; doi:10.3390/s110504840
Received: 14 March 2011; Accepted: 29 April 2011 / Published: 3 May 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(5), 4744-4766; doi:10.3390/s110504744
Received: 1 March 2011; in revised form: 14 April 2011 / Accepted: 16 April 2011 / Published: 2 May 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(5), 4688-4701; doi:10.3390/s110504688
Received: 1 February 2011; in revised form: 23 March 2011 / Accepted: 25 March 2011 / Published: 28 April 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(4), 4277-4294; doi:10.3390/s110404277
Received: 12 February 2011; in revised form: 2 April 2011 / Accepted: 4 April 2011 / Published: 12 April 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(4), 4137-4151; doi:10.3390/s110404137
Received: 17 January 2011; in revised form: 21 March 2011 / Accepted: 23 March 2011 / Published: 7 April 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(4), 4030-4042; doi:10.3390/s110404030
Received: 16 February 2011; in revised form: 16 March 2011 / Accepted: 28 March 2011 / Published: 6 April 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(4), 3791-3802; doi:10.3390/s110403791
Received: 12 February 2011; in revised form: 22 March 2011 / Accepted: 24 March 2011 / Published: 28 March 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(3), 3249-3266; doi:10.3390/s110303249
Received: 17 January 2011; in revised form: 10 March 2011 / Accepted: 14 March 2011 / Published: 17 March 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(3), 3214-3226; doi:10.3390/s110303214
Received: 11 January 2011; in revised form: 24 February 2011 / Accepted: 10 March 2011 / Published: 16 March 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(2), 1328-1344; doi:10.3390/s110201328
Received: 23 December 2010; Accepted: 20 January 2011 / Published: 25 January 2011
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Sensors 2010, 10(12), 11322-11339; doi:10.3390/s101211322
Received: 23 October 2010; in revised form: 25 November 2010 / Accepted: 3 December 2010 / Published: 10 December 2010
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Sensors 2010, 10(9), 7896-7912; doi:10.3390/s100907896
Received: 8 June 2010; in revised form: 2 July 2010 / Accepted: 11 August 2010 / Published: 26 August 2010
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