Special Issue "Ultrasonic Sensors and Transducers for Applications in Biology, Medicine and NDT"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Xiaoning Jiang
North Carolina State University, 911 Oval Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA
Website: http://www.mae.ncsu.edu/jiang/index.html
E-Mail: xjiang5@ncsu.edu
Phone: +919 515 5240
Fax: +919 515 7968
Interests: micro/nanofabrication of smart materials and structures; ultrasound sensors and transducers; ultrasound imaging, therapy and sensing; sensors and transducers for extreme environments

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ultrasound has profoundly affected today’s world in a broad range of technologies, including underwater sonar, industrial non-destructive testing (NDT), industrial sensing, precision actuation, material processing and manufacturing, medical imaging, medical therapy, biological sensing, drug delivery, etc. Ultrasonic sensors and transducers, as the core of ultrasound technologies, have been unprecedentedly challenged to meet a broad range of applications. This special issue aims to bring together recent research and development concerning novel ultrasonic sensors and transducers, as well as their applications in medicine, biology, and NDT.

Papers addressing a wide range of ultrasonic sensing and transduction innovations are sought, including but not limited to recent research and developments in the following areas:

  • ultrasonic sensing and transduction materials and structures
  • ultrasonic sensor and transducer design, fabrication, and characterization
  • ultrasound imaging
  • ultrasound therapy
  • ultrasonic biosensors
  • ultrasound in cell culturing and sensing
  • ultrasonic micro/nano-sensors
  • ultrasonic drug delivery
  • ultrasonic surgical tools
  • and other associated devices and applications
Both review articles and original research papers associated with acoustic/ultrasonic sensors, transducers and their applications in medicine, biology, and NDT are solicited. There is a particular interest in papers concerning applications of ultrasonic micro/nano-sensors and transducers in cell and tissue engineering; non-destructive, non-contact or minimally invasive interactions are preferred topics.

Prof. Dr. Xiaoning Jiang
Guest Editor


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  • ultrasonic sensors
  • acoustic sensors
  • ultrasound transducers
  • micro/nano-fabrication
  • micro/nano-sensors
  • ultrasound imaging
  • ultrasound therapy
  • ultrasonic cell sensing
  • acoustic/ultrasound cell sorting
  • ultrasound/acoustic NDT

Published Papers

No papers have been published in this special issue yet, see below for planned papers.

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: Propagation of Surface Ultrasonic Waves on Human Femur Tissue
Authors: D. G. Aggelis 1,*, M. Strantza 1, O. Louis 2, D. Polyzos 3, F. Boulpaep 1 and D. Van Hemelrijck 1
1 Department of Mechanics of Materials and Constructions, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; E-Mail: daggelis@vub.ac.be
2 Department of Radiology, UZ Brussel, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Laarbeeklaan, Belgium
3 Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, Greece
Abstract: Human bone is a strongly inhomogeneous medium. Ultrasonic propagation in such a medium entails phenomena like dispersion and attenuation which are due to the microstructure, the plate and curved geometry, as well as the porosity differential through the thickness. In this study human femur specimens were subjected to one-sided ultrasonic testing using four broadband acoustic emission transducers. The main objective is to measure wave velocity and its dependence on frequency, and attenuation. At the same time, parameters of the pulse like duration and frequency content are also investigated. It is shown that the microstructure of the tissue imposes strong dispersion and attenuation. This renders the interpretation of acoustic emission signals during fracture troublesome since crucial features like frequency content and energy are strongly distorted even for a few millimeters of additional propagation and should be taken into account.

Type of Paper: Article
Title: Acoustic Devices for Particle and Cell Manipulation and Sensing
Authors: Y. Qiu 1, H. Wang 1, C.E.M. Demore 1, D. A. Hughes 2, P. Glynne-Jones 3, S. Gebhardt 4, A. Bolhovitins 1, R. Poltarjonoks 1, K. Weijer 5, A. Schönecker 4, M. Hill 3, and S. Cochran 1
Affiliations: 1 Institute for Medical Science and Technology, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
2 School of Engineering & Science, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, UK
3 Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
4 Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS, Dresden, Germany
5 Cell and Developmental Biology, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee, UK
Abstract: An emerging demand for the precise manipulation of cells and microparticles for sensing applications in cell biology and analytical chemistry has driven recent development of acoustic manipulation technology. This has been in parallel with other technologies such as optical tweezing and dielectrophoresis. This paper reviews current practice and reports our research on the development of various ultrasonic manipulation devices, including simple systems for the investigation of biological cells and complex ultrasonic array systems to explore the feasibility of electronically controlled 2-D and 3-D manipulation. Piezoelectric materials, fabrication techniques, electronic control and possible sensing applications are discussed. Furthermore, approaches to low-cost, wafer level batch-production and commercialisation potential are addressed.

Last update: 27 March 2014

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