Special Issue "Nanomaterial and Nanostructure-Enabled On-Chip Sensing"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Long Que
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Guest Editor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University; Ames, IA 50011, USA
Interests: bionanotechnology; bioMEMS; renewable energy technologies; nanomaterials and nanodevices enabled by self-assembly

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

On-chip sensing—both label-free sensing and labeled sensing—is becoming an essential technical platform for many different fields. In order to achieve excellent sensitivity and specificity, a variety of nanomaterials and nanostructures (e.g., carbon nanotubes, graphene, nanowires, nanopores, nano-channels) have been integrated with microchips or microfluidic chips using various micro- and nano-fabrication processes to enhance their performance. In this Special Issue, nanostructure-enabled sensing chips for chemical, biological, and biomedical applications will be the focus. The suggested topics of interest for research papers, short communications, and review papers include, but are not limited to: (i) fabrication and integration processes of nanomaterials and/or nanostructures on-chip; (ii) nanomaterial or/and nanostructure-enabled label-free sensing; and (iii) nanomaterial and/or nanostructure-based labeled sensing.

Prof. Long Que
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • nanomaterials
  • nanostructures
  • self-assembly
  • micro–nano-fabrication and integration
  • on chip sensing
  • label-free sensing
  • labeled sensing

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Fabrication of SnO2 Composite Nanofiber-Based Gas Sensor using the Electrospinning Method for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Detection
Micromachines 2020, 11(2), 190; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi11020190 - 12 Feb 2020
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This paper presents the development of a metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) sensor for the detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are of great importance in many applications involving either control of hazardous chemicals or noninvasive diagnosis. In this study, the sensor is [...] Read more.
This paper presents the development of a metal oxide semiconductor (MOS) sensor for the detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are of great importance in many applications involving either control of hazardous chemicals or noninvasive diagnosis. In this study, the sensor is fabricated based on tin dioxide (SnO2) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) using electrospinning. The sensitivity of the proposed sensor is further improved by calcination and gold doping. The gold doping of composite nanofibers is achieved using sputtering, and the calcination is performed using a high-temperature oven. The performance of the sensor with different doping thicknesses and different calcination temperatures is investigated to identify the optimum fabrication parameters resulting in high sensitivity. The optimum calcination temperature and duration are found to be 350 °C and 4 h, respectively and the optimum thickness of the gold dopant is found to be 10 nm. The sensor with the optimum fabrication process is then embedded in a microchannel coated with several metallic and polymeric layers. The performance of the sensor is compared with that of a commercial sensor. The comparison is performed for methanol and a mixture of methanol and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the primary psychoactive constituent of cannabis. It is shown that the proposed sensor outperforms the commercial sensor when it is embedded inside the channel. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomaterial and Nanostructure-Enabled On-Chip Sensing)
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