Special Issue "Smart Devices and Systems for Vibration Sensing and Energy Harvesting"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "E:Engineering and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Kai Tao
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Guest Editor
School of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an 710072, China
Interests: MEMS; energy harvesting; powerMEMS; flexible electronics
Prof. Dr. Yunjia Li
Guest Editor
School of Electrical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China
Interests: MEMS; energy harvesting; microactuators; sensor systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Internet of things (IoT) poses new challenges for sensor devices and their power systems. The deployment of large numbers of sensor nodes requires the sensor to work for a sufficient period of time without battery replacement. Micro/nano energy harvesting systems as self-sustained power sources are capable of capturing and transforming unused ambient energy into electrical energy. They have been regarded as an alternative to conventional electrochemical batteries, which will pave the way for actualizing energy-autonomous devices and intelligent monitoring activities. By integrating the micro/nano power sources with IoT, it would be a revolutionary technology in the next decades. In addition, as most of the vibration energy harvester devices are sensitive to vibration, they are inherently considered excellent candidates for vibration sensing.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to gather the latest developments in smart devices and systems for vibration sensing and energy harvesting applications. We welcome original manuscripts with new principles, designs, structures, fabrication processes, system integration methodologies, and applications in the field of vibration sensing and energy harvesting. Review articles summarizing the current state of understanding of a particular topic in the field are also welcome.

Prof. Dr. Kai Tao
Prof. Dr. Yunjia Li
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • self-powered sensors
  • vibration energy harvesting
  • inertial sensing
  • smart structures and systems

Published Papers

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