Special Issue "Metamaterial-Inspired Sensors"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Omar M. Ramahi
Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L3G1, Canada
Website: https://ece.uwaterloo.ca/~oramahi/
E-Mail: oramahi@uwaterloo.ca
Phone: 1-519-888-4567
Interests: sensors; energy harvesting; advanced electromagnetic applications; metamaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The theoretical musings of Veselago almost half a century ago on what would happen if negative permeability and permittivity were practically realized affected the field of sensors in a most unexpected way. Based on the metamaterial that realized Veselago's dreams, inexpensive and highly sensitive sensors became a reality. Metamaterials are made from an ensemble of electrically-small particles. Each of these particles is essentially a resonator. Since the particles are electrically-small, their individual frequency bandwidth is astoundingly small too. This feature makes these particles notoriously unattractive for antenna applications but highly attractive for sensing applications.

This special issue is dedicated to metamaterial-based sensors, in particular, and electrically-small resonators in general. We envision this special issue to include high-quality original papers or comprehensive tutorial papers with focus on any of the following themes:

1. Establishing a more formal approach to characterization of electrically-small resonators for sensing applications.
2. Highlighting the importance of advanced material engineering producing low-loss substrates and their impact on sensing.
3. Highlighting trade off in sensor development between frequency, fabrication complexity, cost, size, etc.
4. Distributed or multi-sensor applications.
5. Chemical, biological or material sensing.
6. Intelligent sensing.
7. Electrically-small sensors spanning the electromagnetic spectrum from DC to light.

Prof. Dr. Omar M. Ramahi
Guest Editor


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  • sensors
  • metamaterials
  • microwaves
  • electromagnetic fields
  • non-invasive detection
  • sub-surface detection

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p. 7844-7856
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Sensors 2015, 15(4), 7844-7856; doi:10.3390/s150407844
Received: 10 February 2015 / Revised: 12 March 2015 / Accepted: 24 March 2015 / Published: 31 March 2015
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p. 7454-7461
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Sensors 2015, 15(4), 7454-7461; doi:10.3390/s150407454
Received: 18 November 2014 / Revised: 11 March 2015 / Accepted: 19 March 2015 / Published: 26 March 2015
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Sensors 2014, 14(10), 19609-19621; doi:10.3390/s141019609
Received: 14 August 2014 / Revised: 30 September 2014 / Accepted: 14 October 2014 / Published: 20 October 2014
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Sensors 2014, 14(7), 11786-11804; doi:10.3390/s140711786
Received: 16 May 2014 / Revised: 18 June 2014 / Accepted: 25 June 2014 / Published: 4 July 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Rotation Sensors Based on S-Shaped Split Ring Resonators (S-SRR)
Authors: J. Naqui, J. Coromina, A. Karami-Horestani, C. Fumeaux, F. Martín
Affiliation: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (JN, JC and FM), Spain; University of Adelaide (AK-H and CF), Australia
It is demonstrated that S-shaped split ring resonators (S-SRR) are useful resonant particles for the implementation of rotation sensors, based on the transmission properties of a co-planar waveguide (CPW) transmission line, magnetically coupled to a movable (through rotation) S-SRR. As compared to other rotation sensors based on the use of other metamaterial resonators, such as SRRs or electric LC (ELC) resonators, the proposed sensors can be electrically smaller, exhibiting similar or superior sensor performance.

Last update: 4 August 2014

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