Special Issue "Miniature and Micro-Actuators"
A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: MEMS/NEMS; Piezoelectric microsystems; integrated sensors and transducers; miniaturization of instrumentation for applications in chemistry, food technology, robotics, biotechnology and IoT
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In this Special issue, a wide range of topics will be covered, including the design, fabrication, characterization, packaging, and system integration or final applications of miniature actuators, ranging from the centimeter down to the micrometer scale. The main focus of the issue is miniaturization, regardless the materials employed or the device principle. Furthermore, basic as well as more application-oriented research topics are considered, such as:
- Material research oriented to actuator microsystems: polymers, organic materials, piezoelectric materials, nitrides, shape memory alloys, thermoelectric materials, other functional thin film materials, thick and thin films;
- Processes and fabrication technologies for miniaturized actuator systems: deposition techniques, lithography, etching and ablation techniques, hybrid technologies, inkjet or 3D printing;
- Functional surfaces in actuator microdevices: hydrophobic/hydrophilic functionalization, tribological functions, biomimetic surfaces;
- Modelling and simulation of actuator microsystems from packaged systems down to device level, and CAD tools;
- Electrostatic, piezoelectric, mechanical, thermal, acoustic, magnetic or any physical actuation principles;
- Optical MEMS (MOEMS), optoelectronic actuators;
- Chemical and bioactuators, and artificial muscles;
- Calibration, characterization and testing techniques for miniature and micro-actuators;
- Reliability, failure analysis, degradation mechanisms, life time prediction;
- System integration, interface electronics, packaging and assembly, 3D integration techniques, micromechatronics, and microrobotics;
- Applications and markets, monitoring, control and measurement systems based on miniaturized/microactuators.
Prof. Dr. Jose Luis Sanchez-Rojas
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Actuators is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Materials for microactuators
- Processes and fabrication of miniaturized actuators
- Modelling and simulation
- Actuation principles micromechanisms and geometry scaling
- Characterization and testing techniques for micro-actuators
- Final applications of miniaturized or micro-actuator devices and systems