Special Issue "Modern Technologies for Sensing Pollution in Air, Water, and Soil"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Ki-Hyun Kim
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-Ro, Seoul 133-791, Korea
Website: http://environment.cafe24.com/
E-Mail: kkim61@hanyang.ac.kr
Phone: +82 2 2220 2325
Fax: +82 2 2220 1945
Interests: environmental monitoring; volatile organic compounds; reduced sulfur compounds; carbonyls

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Remarkable and rapid advances in technology have brought ever-increasing improvements in the quality of our everyday life but to the detriment to our environment and ecosystem. Emissions of anthropogenically-derived pollutants have increased gradually causing global deterioration of our atmosphere, water, and soil resources to levels not previously experienced in human history. Although emissions abatement efforts have had some limited success in some sectors, the prognosis for most ecological systems is to worsen over time. In light of the growing demand for accurately sensing environmental pollution, sensing methods have been developed to cover various pollutants in diverse media:

  • Heavy metals
  • Persistent organic pollutants (POP)
  • Environmental Persistent Pharmaceutical Pollutants (EPPP)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • Volatile organic compounds
  • Environmental xenobiotics
  • Hazardous atmospheric pollutants (HAP)

This special issue aims to invite articles on the most up to date, emerging or new technologies to monitor various pollutants present in diverse environmental media including water, air, and soil systems

Prof. Dr. Ki-Hyun Kim
Guest Editor


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  • monitoring
  • sensor
  • environmental media
  • water
  • air
  • soil
  • hazardous pollutants

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p. 14399-14410
by , , , , ,  and
Sensors 2014, 14(8), 14399-14410; doi:10.3390/s140814399
Received: 14 May 2014; in revised form: 18 July 2014 / Accepted: 23 July 2014 / Published: 7 August 2014
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p. 12256-12270
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Sensors 2014, 14(7), 12256-12270; doi:10.3390/s140712256
Received: 14 May 2014; in revised form: 4 July 2014 / Accepted: 7 July 2014 / Published: 9 July 2014
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p. 11659-11671
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Sensors 2014, 14(7), 11659-11671; doi:10.3390/s140711659
Received: 15 May 2014; in revised form: 23 June 2014 / Accepted: 25 June 2014 / Published: 1 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: Smart Sensor Fluorescence Technology for Real-time Pollutant Identification in Inland Water: Instrumentation and Results Concerning hydrocarbons.
Authors: F.J. Arques-Orobon,  N. Nuñez, M. Vazquez and  V. González-Posadas
1 ETSIS Telecomunicación y
2 Insituto de Energía Solar, Spain
Abstract: The control and monitoring of inland waters is increasingly being demanded by the public and by governments, as they increasingly expect high quality inland water. The measurement of general quality parameters is now underway in a few places via automatic stations. However, there are substances whose early detections have the obvious advantage of enabling the avoidance of pollution episodes. Fluorescence, together with emergent technologies, such as the ultraviolet light emitted diode (LED), portable spectroscopic systems, smart software-hardware, and remote communications equipment, provide exceptional tools for detecting (and warning of) pollutants. This article explores these technological areas, and focuses on hydrocarbon identification. In order to validate the methodology, several results are presented, such that they can be extrapolated to predict the detection of other pollutants.

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