15 December 2022
Dr. Huanyu Cheng Appointed Section Editor-in-Chief of Section “Biosensors Materials” in Biosensors

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Huanyu Cheng has been appointed Section Editor-in-Chief of the “Biosensors Materials” Section in Biosensors (ISSN: 2079-6374).

Name: Dr. Huanyu Cheng
Affiliation: Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Interests: stretchable electronics; transient sensors; advanced manufacturing; standalone stretchable device platform

Dr. Cheng is the James L. Henderson, Jr. Memorial Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). He is also affiliated with Penn State’s Institutes of Energy and the Environment; Materials Research Institute (MRI); Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS); Engineering, Energy, and Environmental Institute (E3I); Sustainability Institute; and additional centers at Penn State. He has also served as an advisor or as an affiliated faculty for the Schreyer Honors College’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Architectural Engineering, and for the additive manufacturing and design graduate program. His research group focuses on the design, fabrication, and application of the standalone stretchable device platform. He also serves as the Associate Editor for 7 journals and as a reviewer for over 200 journals.

The following is a short Q&A with Dr. Huanyu Cheng, who shared his vision for the journal and his views on the research area and Open Access publishing:

1. What appealed to you about the journal and encouraged you to become its Section Editor-in-Chief?
It is my great pleasure and honor to take over as the Section Editor-in-Chief of Biosensors after serving as the Associate Editor for the past two years. With a goal to provide an advanced open access forum for studies related to the science and technology of biosensors and biosensing, “Biosensors Materials” has been rapidly growing over recent years. It is certainly a very important scientific journal in the field. It complements the other biosensor and biosensing journals with its rather rapid publication time and open access feature.

2. What is your vision for Biosensors?
I hope to contribute to the development of “Biosensors Materials” as it continues to evolve as an active community and home for the researchers working in this rapidly emerging field. I plan to maintain and possibly further improve the high-quality review process, while also continuing to quickly publish the latest work in the field. The potential for the authors to receive valuable feedback in a short time and promptly communicate their research outcomes can help attract high-quality work to promote journal developments.

3. What does the future of this field of research look like?
Different from those that are based on traditional disciplines, the field of biosensors is intrinsically multidisciplinary. As the best research often nucleates from and builds around grand challenges, the future of this field will swiftly evolve with new classes of materials and techniques. Pioneers are asking dynamic scientific questions, with focus on population health from preventative monitoring and early diagnostic confirmation to non-invasive therapeutic options and treatment evaluations. Joint efforts and close collaboration are still needed to provide collective wisdom that links materials, mechanical, electrical, and biomedical engineering with life sciences and medicine.

4. What do you think of the development of Open Access in the publishing field?
As a past member of the Global Young Academy (GYA), I would like to echo the voice outlined in the position statement, titled “Opportunities and Challenges for Implementing Plan S—The View of Young Academies”. Spearheaded by the GYA and several national young academies, the statement considers the set of principles offered by Plan S to be “an invitation to contribute to shaping the research ecosystem and its impact on society as a whole. At the same time, given the large room for possible interpretation and implementation, there is much concern that Plan S may not lead to the positive changes that we, as young scholars, think are necessary”. Publicly funded research output should neither be hidden behind paywalls nor be a “pay-to-publish” game. Open Access is essential in shaping the research ecosystem to move toward broad open science.

We warmly welcome Dr. Huanyu Cheng as the new Section Editor-in-Chief and we look forward to him leading Biosensors to reach many more milestones.

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