Special Issue "Polymeric Micro Sensors and Actuators"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Wei-Chih Wang
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98185, USA
Website: http://depts.washington.edu/mictech/
E-Mail: abong@u.washington.edu
Phone: +1 206 543 2479
Fax: +1 206 685 8047
Interests: polymer based micro sensors and actuators; microelectromechanical system; micro-opto-electro-mechanical sensors; integrated photonic and fiber optic sensors; polymer optoelectronics; electroactive or magnetoactive polymers study and application; optical structural light and time of flight depth camera design; advance material and structure study; metamterial; THz imaging device; biomedical instrumentation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sensors and Actuators using polymeric systems, is one of the most promising fields of “smart polymers”, and it is becoming ever more important to associate artificial sensing and actuating systems with living organisms. Testing of some practical applications has now started in industry. The aim of this Special Issue is to develop a basic understanding of the field, its supporting technologies and current applications. Papers addressing a wide range of applications of polymeric sensors and actuators are sought, including but not limited to recent developments in the following areas: humidity, temperature, chemical, mechanical, optical, waveguide, acoustic, electromagnetic, electrochemical, piezoelectric, electrode, electronic nose, switchable devices, biosensors, wearable sensors and actuators among others. Also of interest are methods of fabrication, as well as information on smart textiles, actuators, and the processing of data. Both review articles and original research papers relating to the application of polymeric sensors and actuators are solicited.

Dr. Wei-Chih Wang
Guest Editor


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  • polymeric sensors and actuators
  • humidity
  • temperature
  • chemical
  • mechanical
  • optical waveguide
  • acoustic
  • electromagnetic
  • electrochemical
  • piezoelectric
  • electrode
  • electronic nose
  • switchable devices
  • biosensors
  • smart textile
  • wearable sensors and actuators
  • fabrication method

Published Papers (4 papers)

Sensors 2014, 14(4), 6910-6921; doi:10.3390/s140406910 (doi registration under processing)
Received: 30 December 2013; in revised form: 1 April 2014 / Accepted: 11 April 2014 / Published: 17 April 2014
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Sensors 2014, 14(1), 1497-1510; doi:10.3390/s140101497
Received: 9 October 2013; in revised form: 2 December 2013 / Accepted: 7 January 2014 / Published: 15 January 2014
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Sensors 2014, 14(1), 117-128; doi:10.3390/s140100117
Received: 11 November 2013; in revised form: 10 December 2013 / Accepted: 17 December 2013 / Published: 20 December 2013
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Sensors 2013, 13(12), 16816-16828; doi:10.3390/s131216816
Received: 2 September 2013; Accepted: 14 November 2013 / Published: 5 December 2013
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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.

Title: Sequential Loading of Reagents to a Detection Area in a Microfluidic Chip
Authors: Nicholas M. DiFilippo 1, John D. Jones 1, Mark J. DiFilippo 2, Constantine Anagnostopoulos 1, and Mohammad Faghri 1,*
Affiliations: 1 Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Rhode Island, 92 Upper College Rd., 131D Kirk, Kingston, RI, 02881 USA; E-Mails: ndifilippo@my.uri.edu, jonesj@egr.uri.edu, anagnostopoulos@egr.uri.edu, faghri@egr.uri.edu
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 USA; E-Mail: markd@bu.ed
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed; E-Mail: faghri@egr.uri.edu; Tel.: +1-401-875-5180+1-401-875-5180; Fax: +1-401-874-2355.
Abstract: This paper presents a new scheme for sequentially loading reagents to a detection site to conduct biological assays. The automation of the sequential loading of biological reagents to a detection site is monitored by a lens-less charged couple device (CCD). The fluid handling system employs a custom edge detection algorithm to determine the location of the channel edges. This custom edge detection method outperformed the built in Matlab edge detection functions. A parametric study was performed to determine the effects wavelength, height above a detection site, and voltage of a light emitting diode (LED), would have on the systems performance. A white light emitting diode, a voltage of 2.6V and a height of at least 20 mm above the detection produced the best results. The fluid handling system was also able to work with channels that had different geometric designs and with different types of fluid. This research focuses for the first time, sequentially loading reagents to a detection site using a CCD imager.

Type of Paper: Review
Title: Flexible Carbon Nanomaterial/Polymer Composites for High Performance Pressure and Strain Sensors
Authors: O. Kanoun,  C. Müller, A. Benchirouf, C. Gerlach, N. Dinh, A. Al-Hamry, A. Sanli and A. Bouhamed
Affiliation: Technische Universität Chemnitz, Chair of Measurement and Sensor Technology, Reichenhainer Straße 70, 09126 Chemnitz, Germany; E-Mail: olfa.kanoun@etit.tu-chemnitz.de
Abstract: Carbon nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene are ideal candidates as fillers in piezoresitive polymer composites due to their outstanding mechanical properties and their broad spectrum of electrical properties. Compared with traditional conductive fillers, CNTs and graphene have unique advantages, i.e. excellent electrical conductivity, which in turn facilitate the formation of conducting networks. Different deposition techniques can be used for realization of large area pressure and strain sensors with high sensitivity and low manufacturing costs such as printing technologies. For instance, by using an elastomer as polymer matrix, the pressure and strain sensitive layers remain mechanically flexible. Such sensors allow both the measurement of planar pressure/strain and the detection of local pressure/strain. In this paper, we discuss the dependence of pressure and strain sensitive layers on different experimental parameters such as composition of the carbon nanomaterial/polymer layer, type of polymer, fabrication process and process parameters. The insights about the relationship between film composition, mechanical deformation and sensor response represents the basis for further improvements of design and fabrication of piezoresistive sensors leading into better sensor performance.

Title: Effect of Angular Velocity on the Morphology Dependent Resonances of Spherical Resonators
Authors: Amir R. Ali 1 and Tindaro Ioppolo 2,*
Affiliations: 1 Mechanical Engineering Department, Micro-sensor Laboratory, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75205, USA
2 Mechanical Engineering Department, Microsystems Research Laboratory, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas 75205, USA
* Corresponding author: ioppolo@engr.smu.edu
Abstract: We carried out an analysis to investigate the morphology dependent optical resonances shift (MDRs) of a rotating spherical resonator. The spinning resonator experiences an elastic deformation due to the centrifugal force acting on it, leading to a shift in its MDRs. Experiments are also carried out to demonstrate the MDR shift of a spinning polydimethylsiloxane PDMS microsphere. The experimental results agree well with the analytical prediction. These studies demonstrated that spinning polymeric resonators may experience sufficient shift in the optical resonances, therefore interfering with its desirable operational design. Also the results show that angular velocity sensors could be designed using this principle.

Last update: 4 March 2014

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