Special Issue "Environmentally Friendly Electronic Devices"

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Microelectronics and Optoelectronics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Luisa Petti
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Guest Editor
Sensing Technologies Laboratory, Free University of Bolzano, 39100 Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Interests: Design, fabrication and characterization of flexible and printable sensors, energy harvesters, and thin-film devices, circuits and systems
Dr. Giuseppe Cantarella
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Guest Editor
Sensing Technologies Laboratory, Free University of Bolzano, 39100 Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Interests: The design, fabrication, and characterization of flexible and printed sensors, circuits, and systems
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Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Khan
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Guest Editor
Sensing Technologies Laboratory, Free University of Bolzano, 39100 Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Interests: sensor design, fabrication, and characterization; stretchable, flexible, and printed electronics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The growing demand for versatile, ubiquitous, and interconnected electronics, distributed into billions of “smart” objects used every day, poses serious threats to the environment. The main challenges are related to the energy required for the production and operation of these devices, as well as to the sustainability of the employed technologies—especially as concerns the accumulation of non-degradable or toxic waste at the end of the product life cycle. This is why many research efforts are being concentrated on the identification and development of sustainable approaches based on cost-effective, energy-efficient, bio-degradable, and environmentally safe materials and fabrication processes. This research direction not only allows a better integration of electronics into the environment (i.e., a decrease of accumulated solid electronic waste, the reduction of pollution originated by fabrication processes), but also leads to a better integration of these devices in living tissues, paving the way to unprecedented functionalities and applications.

This Special Issue invites original manuscripts as well as review papers highlighting recent advances in material synthesis, process development, device fabrication and characterization, and the application of environmentally friendly electronic devices, with topics such as:

  • Sustainable low-cost synthetic materials;
  • Economically-feasible, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly fabrication processes;
  • Environmentally friendly and sustainable electronic devices;
  • Bio-degradable and transient electronic devices;
  • Energy harvesting and self-powered environmentally friendly systems;
  • Advances and challenges of green materials for biodegradable and eco-friendly technology.

Prof. Dr. Luisa Petti
Dr. Giuseppe Cantarella
Dr. Muhammad Ahmed Khan
Guest Editors

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. Electronics is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 1400 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.


  • organic (carbon-based) materials
  • organic electronics
  • printing technology
  • thin-film technology
  • biodegradable/biocompatible electronics
  • paper substrates
  • energy harvesting
  • environmentally friendly electronics
  • transient electronics
  • self-powered electronics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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