Special Issue "Ultra-Small Sensor Systems and Components"

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A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2012)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Frances Ligler
Naval Research Laboratory, Center for Bio/Molecular Science & Engineering, Code 6900, Washington, DC 20375-5348, USA
E-Mail: frances.ligler@nrl.navy.mil
Phone: +1 202 404 6002
Fax: +1 202 404 8897
Interests: biosensors; immunosensors; fluorescence; multi-analyte sensing; microfluidics; flow cytometry; microarrays

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. David R. Allee
Director R&D of Backplane Electronics and Professor, Flexible Display Center at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85284, USA
Website: http://flexdisplay.asu.edu and http://www.fulton.asu.edu/fulton/people/page.php?profile=10
E-Mail: david.allee@asu.edu
Phone: +1 480 965 6470
Interests: large area sensing arrays; flexible electronics; thin-film transistors; flexible displays; ultra-small devices; nanolithography

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Miniaturization of sensors is accelerating with the increasing sophistication of microfluidics, integrated optics, and consumer electronics. Sensors are becoming more robust and user friendly, with expanding capacity for discriminating targets in complex sample matrices and simultaneous measurement of multiple targets. Integration of sensor systems is producing devices for use outside the laboratory by users without sophisticated technical training for environmental, medical, homeland security, and food safety applications. Networks of distributed sensors are evolving for epidemiological and environmental monitoring, placing an ever increasing emphasis on miniaturization and cost reduction. This special issue collects new reports and reviews on topics related to miniaturization of critical components for sensor systems and the integration of advanced components into portable, user-friendly sensor systems.

Of particular interest are sensors that can achieve high sensitivity, selectivity and low false alarm rates in noisy environments typical of biologically evolved sensors. There is speculation and some recent evidence that the exquisite performance of a dog’s olfaction, energy transfer in photosynthesis, and magnetoreception in birds depend critically on quantum effects. Other quantum sensors based on photon entanglement offer the possibility of enhanced resolution imaging at long wavelengths, and photon counting arrays may enable imaging in extremely low ambient illumination environments. Ultra-miniature micro gas analyzers that integrate gas chromatography and mass spectrometry may enable the detection of chemical agents in the field with laboratory sensitivity and specificity. Uncooled magnetic sensors using multiferroic materials or atomic magnetometers operating at room temperature may rival superconducting quantum interference devices in performance.

Another approach to improve sensitivity is the fabrication of a large array of small sensors to form a large capture cross section for visible photons, x-rays, neutrons, chemical species, or acoustics. Individual sensors may be distributed over large areas or an array of co-localized, multifunctional sensors might enhance specificity. To be practical, the array must be lightweight, rugged and manufacturable at a reasonable cost. Technologies for creating both low cost distributed sensors and integrated sensor arrays are of prime concern.

Papers investigating these and other topics are encouraged.

We invite submission of papers on the following topics:

  • Miniaturization and automation of sample preparation devices
  • Organic electronic devices configured for sensor integration
  • Integration of optical and/or electronic components with sensors
  • Design and fabrication of portable, fully automated sensor systems
  • Utilization of integrated sensor systems at point of use
  • Quantum effect sensors
  • Flexible, large area arrays of small sensors
  • Integration of sensors into distributed networks
  • Use of sensors on unmanned vehicles

Dr. Frances Smith Ligler
Prof. Dr. David R. Allee
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • integrated sensors
  • quantum effect sensors
  • portable sensor systems
  • unmanned vehicle sensors
  • integrated sensor optics
  • multifunctional sensor arrays
  • miniature sensor components
  • automated sample preparation
  • distributed sensing

Published Papers (30 papers)

Sensors 2012, 12(12), 17262-17294; doi:10.3390/s121217262
Received: 16 November 2012; in revised form: 10 December 2012 / Accepted: 11 December 2012 / Published: 13 December 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(10), 13126-13149; doi:10.3390/s121013126
Received: 27 July 2012; in revised form: 5 September 2012 / Accepted: 11 September 2012 / Published: 27 September 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(9), 12082-12097; doi:10.3390/s120912082
Received: 18 July 2012; in revised form: 16 August 2012 / Accepted: 17 August 2012 / Published: 3 September 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(9), 12052-12069; doi:10.3390/s120912052
Received: 21 June 2012; in revised form: 10 August 2012 / Accepted: 20 August 2012 / Published: 3 September 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(9), 11922-11932; doi:10.3390/s120911922
Received: 7 June 2012; in revised form: 20 August 2012 / Accepted: 24 August 2012 / Published: 29 August 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(9), 11790-11797; doi:10.3390/s120911790
Received: 10 July 2012; in revised form: 16 August 2012 / Accepted: 20 August 2012 / Published: 29 August 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(9), 11592-11600; doi:10.3390/s120911592
Received: 27 July 2012; in revised form: 17 August 2012 / Accepted: 24 August 2012 / Published: 27 August 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(8), 11406-11434; doi:10.3390/s120811406
Received: 22 June 2012; in revised form: 25 July 2012 / Accepted: 31 July 2012 / Published: 21 August 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(8), 11100-11112; doi:10.3390/s120811100
Received: 10 June 2012; in revised form: 24 July 2012 / Accepted: 31 July 2012 / Published: 9 August 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(8), 10920-10929; doi:10.3390/s120810920
Received: 25 April 2012; in revised form: 29 June 2012 / Accepted: 1 August 2012 / Published: 7 August 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(8), 10430-10449; doi:10.3390/s120810430
Received: 14 May 2012; in revised form: 5 June 2012 / Accepted: 30 July 2012 / Published: 2 August 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(8), 10292-10308; doi:10.3390/s120810292
Received: 16 May 2012; in revised form: 11 July 2012 / Accepted: 16 July 2012 / Published: 30 July 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(7), 9823-9828; doi:10.3390/s120709823
Received: 1 April 2012; in revised form: 23 May 2012 / Accepted: 1 June 2012 / Published: 23 July 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(7), 9697-9710; doi:10.3390/s120709697
Received: 14 May 2012; in revised form: 7 June 2012 / Accepted: 10 July 2012 / Published: 17 July 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(7), 9161-9180; doi:10.3390/s120709161
Received: 2 May 2012; in revised form: 4 June 2012 / Accepted: 29 June 2012 / Published: 4 July 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(7), 9098-9109; doi:10.3390/s120709098
Received: 15 May 2012; in revised form: 7 June 2012 / Accepted: 27 June 2012 / Published: 2 July 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(7), 8987-9005; doi:10.3390/s120708987
Received: 14 May 2012; in revised form: 12 June 2012 / Accepted: 25 June 2012 / Published: 29 June 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(7), 8861-8876; doi:10.3390/s120708861
Received: 27 April 2012; in revised form: 24 May 2012 / Accepted: 15 June 2012 / Published: 27 June 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(6), 8390-8404; doi:10.3390/s120608390
Received: 8 May 2012; in revised form: 11 June 2012 / Accepted: 12 June 2012 / Published: 18 June 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(6), 8338-8354; doi:10.3390/s120608338
Received: 30 April 2012; in revised form: 30 May 2012 / Accepted: 1 June 2012 / Published: 15 June 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(5), 6685-6694; doi:10.3390/s120506685
Received: 20 March 2012; in revised form: 3 May 2012 / Accepted: 14 May 2012 / Published: 22 May 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(5), 6610-6628; doi:10.3390/s120506610
Received: 13 March 2012; in revised form: 1 May 2012 / Accepted: 14 May 2012 / Published: 18 May 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(5), 6508-6519; doi:10.3390/s120506508
Received: 10 April 2012; in revised form: 9 May 2012 / Accepted: 14 May 2012 / Published: 16 May 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(4), 5105-5115; doi:10.3390/s120405105
Received: 15 March 2012; in revised form: 6 April 2012 / Accepted: 9 April 2012 / Published: 19 April 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(3), 3200-3203; doi:10.3390/s120303200
Received: 27 January 2012; in revised form: 29 February 2012 / Accepted: 2 March 2012 / Published: 7 March 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(1), 768-783; doi:10.3390/s120100768
Received: 9 December 2011; in revised form: 24 December 2011 / Accepted: 4 January 2012 / Published: 11 January 2012
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Sensors 2012, 12(1), 359-372; doi:10.3390/s120100359
Received: 22 November 2011; in revised form: 24 December 2011 / Accepted: 29 December 2011 / Published: 30 December 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(12), 11856-11870; doi:10.3390/s111211856
Received: 21 November 2011; in revised form: 16 December 2011 / Accepted: 17 December 2011 / Published: 20 December 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(10), 9878-9886; doi:10.3390/s111009878
Received: 22 September 2011; in revised form: 17 October 2011 / Accepted: 18 October 2011 / Published: 20 October 2011
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Sensors 2011, 11(7), 6517-6532; doi:10.3390/s110706517
Received: 3 May 2011; in revised form: 3 June 2011 / Accepted: 20 June 2011 / Published: 24 June 2011
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