Special Issue "State-of-the-Art of Techniques, Devices and Electronic Circuits for Energy Harvesting"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020).
Interests: sensors and sensor electronics; energy harvesting; MEMS; piezoelectric sensors and transducers; resonant and acoustic-wave sensors
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Special Issue in Sensors: MEMS Energy Harvesting and Low-Power Sensing
Interests: micro power generators for autonomous microsystems, design and technologies for integrated micro–nano systems and microsystems for bio and medical application
Interests: energy harvesting for autonomous sensors and microsystems; sensors for physical and chemical quantities; piezoelectric sensors and transducers; resonant and acoustic-wave sensors; low-noise front-end electronics for sensors; contactless interrogation techniques for resonant and capacitive sensors; MEMS and microsystems
After the initial pioneering period of novelty and curiosity, energy harvesting has recently become a mature research field that today engages and fascinates scientists and engineers worldwide.
Energy harvesting consists of collecting the sparse energy available in the environment across different domains—such as mechanical, thermal, and radiant—and converting it into electrical energy to power sensor nodes, embedded or wearable devices, and low-power electronic circuits.
Energy harvesting is seen as a competitive alternative to batteries or fixed power supplies, and it is recognized as an enabling technology for the development of energetically autonomous wireless sensor units capable of a virtually unlimited lifetime in unattended operation. Such innovative devices could find applications in a variety of sectors, such as industrial automation, automotive and avionics, structural and environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, portable and wearable devices, internet of things and smart cities.
Significant progress in the field has been made since the early results, and commercial solutions are now on the market. However, open challenges still exist, initial expectations are being better defined, and new opportunities are emerging through the development of research and knowledge.
This Special Issue is intended to provide an updated overview of the current status of the research on energy harvesting, especially oriented to sensors and microsystems.
We warmly invite you to submit contributions on all scientific and technical aspects of energy harvesting, ranging from conversion techniques and devices at the macro- or microscale, to electronic circuits for energy management, sensor signal conditioning and transmission.
The topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Theory, design, modeling, fabrication, experimental characterization and applications of energy harvesting systems
- Mechanical, thermal, radio-frequency, solar energy harvesting
- Piezoelectric, electrostatic, electromagnetic, triboelectric, thermoelectric, pyroelectric, and other, conversion effects in energy harvesting
- MEMS and microscale energy harvesters
- Electronic circuits for energy management and storage
- Autonomous sensors and battery-less sensor nodes
- Zero-power sensing
Prof. Dr. Vittorio Ferrari
Prof. Dr. Skandar Basrour
Prof. Dr. Marco Ferrari
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