Special Issue "Thin Film Devices for Healthcare and Environmental Sensing"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "D:Materials and Processing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 August 2022 | Viewed by 1836

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Francesca Leonardi
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Stichting imec Nederland within OnePlanet Research Center, Bronland 10, 6708 WH Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: electrochemical sensors and biosensors; thin-films; field-effect transistors; surface engineering; membranes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Issue “Thin-Film Devices for Healthcare and Environmental Sensing” seeks to highlight recent advances in thin-film technologies for sensing purposes. The topic promises to gather the attention of a multidisciplinary audience by collecting contributions in research that work towards this goal. Transducers based on thin-film technologies promise to be extremely reliable and low in cost, but the control of the properties at their interfaces is essential for operating them in a selective and sensitive manner. Furthermore, the development of thin-film-based sensors for long-term monitoring is an exciting but challenging perspective that can find many applications in the healthcare domain, where the environment may be harsh and difficult to access. Thin films can be fabricated from a wide range of materials, including polymers, metal oxides, semiconductors, carbon-based materials, and nanocomposites, whose properties can be tuned according to the type of transduction mechanism. For example, sensors based on the combination of thin-film technologies with electrochemical and electrical transduction have demonstrated tremendous improvement in terms of limits of detection and stability. This Special Issue aims to collect research papers, short communications, and review articles related to the development of novel thin-film strategies for sensing purposes, thin-film electrochemical sensors, thin-film electrical sensors (i.e., field-effect transistor sensors), and recent developments in sensing technologies for long-term monitoring.

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Dr. Francesca Leonardi
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • sensors
  • thin film
  • smart coatings
  • thin-film transistors
  • electrochemical sensors
  • real-time monitoring

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Fabrication of a New Electrochemical Sensor Based on Bimetal Oxide for the Detection of Furazolidone in Biological Samples
Micromachines 2022, 13(6), 876; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi13060876 - 31 May 2022
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This study utilized a simple hydrothermal method to synthesize nickel molybdenum oxide (NMO) for the detection of furazolidone (FZE). Our synthesized NMO was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field emission scanning electron [...] Read more.
This study utilized a simple hydrothermal method to synthesize nickel molybdenum oxide (NMO) for the detection of furazolidone (FZE). Our synthesized NMO was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), field emission scanning electron spectroscopy (FE-SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) were used to detect the FZE. Under optimized conditions, the obtained results showed that the NMO had an excellent electrocatalytic property towards FZE. As a result, NMO/GCE showed a good linear range of 0.001–1765 µM, an excellent detection limit (LOD) of 0.02 µM, and sensitivity of 0.2042 µA µM−1 cm−2. Full article
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Amperometric Monitoring of Dissolution of pH-Responsive EUDRAGIT® Polymer Film Coatings
Micromachines 2022, 13(3), 362; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi13030362 - 25 Feb 2022
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Electrochemical sensors are powerful tools for the detection and real-time monitoring of a wide variety of analytes. However, the long-term operation of Faradaic sensors in complex media is challenging due to fouling. The protection of the electrode surface during in vivo operation is [...] Read more.
Electrochemical sensors are powerful tools for the detection and real-time monitoring of a wide variety of analytes. However, the long-term operation of Faradaic sensors in complex media is challenging due to fouling. The protection of the electrode surface during in vivo operation is a key element for improving the monitoring of analytes. Here, we study different EUDRAGIT® controlled release acrylate copolymers for protecting electrode surfaces. The dissolution of these polymers—namely EUDRAGIT® L 30 D-55 and EUDRAGIT® FS 30 D—is triggered by a change in pH of the environment, and it is electrochemically monitored by detecting electrode access by means of a redox probe. The full dissolution of the polymer is achieved within 30 min and the electrode response indicates a complete recovery of the original electrochemical performance. We demonstrate that amperometric sensing is a practical and straightforward technique for real-time and in situ sensing of EUDRAGIT® dissolution profiles. It will find future applications in determining the protection of polymer electrode coating in real matrices and in vivo applications. Full article
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