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Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 5th International Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications"

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2019

Special Issue Editors

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Prof. Dr. Stefano Mariani

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Ambientale, Politecnico di Milano, Piazza L. da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Interests: MEMS; structural sensors; Kalman filtering
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Dr. Francesco Ciucci

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Clear Water Bay Kowloon, Hong Kong
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Interests: solid state ionics; fuel cells; lithium batteries; chemical sensors
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Dr. Dirk Lehmhus

ISIS Sensorial Materials Scientific Centre, University of Bremen, 28359 Bremen, Germany
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Interests: porous and cellular metals; metal foams; syntactic foams; metal matrix syntactic foams; metal matrix composites; powder metallurgy; powder technology; finite element analysis; integrated computational materials engineering (ICME); smart structures; sensor integration; sensorial materials; structural health monitoring (SHM)
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Dr. Thomas B. Messervey

CEO and Co-Founder, Research to Market Solution s.r.l., Pavia, Italy
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Interests: using sensor data to make better engineering decisions across design, assessment, maintenance, inspections, and energy management to include machine learning
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Dr. Alberto Vallan

Politecnico di Torino, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, I-10129, Torino, Italy
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Interests: Fiber Optical Sensors, measurement science and technology, uncertainty evaluation
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Dr. Stefan Bosse

University of Bremen, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, 28359 Bremen, Germany
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Interests: distributed computing; sensor networks; sensorial materials; Internet-of-Things; cloud computing; agent-based computing; multi-agent systems; agent platforms; machine learning; self-organizing systems; embedded systems
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Dr. Francisco Falcone

Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Public University of Navarre, 31006 Pamplona, Navarra, Spain
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Interests: electromagnetic modelling; simulation and design; wireless systems; context-aware environments; smart cities; internet of things

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue comprises selected papers from the proceedings of the 5th International Electronic Conference on Sensors and Applications, held 15–30 November, 2018, on sciforum.net, an online platform for hosting scholarly e-conferences and discussion groups. In this 5th edition of the electronic conference, contributors were invited to provide papers and presentations from the field of sensors and applications at large, resulting in a wide variety of excellent submissions and topic areas. Selected papers which attracted the most interest on the web, or that provided a particularly innovative contribution, have been gathered for publication. These papers have been subjected to peer review and are published with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination of research results, developments and applications. We hope this conference series will grow rapidly in the future and become recognized as a new way and venue by which to (electronically) present new developments related to the field of sensors and their applications.

This Special Issue will be open for submission from 1 Decemeber 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Dr. Stefano Mariani
Dr. Francesco Ciucci
Dr. Dirk Lehmhus
Dr. Thomas B. Messervey
Dr. Alberto Vallan
Dr. Stefan Bosse
Dr. Francisco Falcone
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • biosensors
  • chemical sensors
  • physical sensors
  • sensor networks
  • applications
  • smart cities
  • smart sensing systems
  • structural health monitoring technologies and sensor networks
  • wearable sensors

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Research

Open AccessArticle Characterization of Human Tear Fluid by Means of Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Sensors 2019, 19(5), 1177; https://doi.org/10.3390/s19051177
Received: 21 January 2019 / Revised: 26 February 2019 / Accepted: 4 March 2019 / Published: 7 March 2019
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Abstract
Tears are exceptionally rich sources of information on the health status of the eyes, as well as of whole body functionality, due to the presence of a large variety of salts and organic components whose concentration can be altered by pathologies, eye diseases [...] Read more.
Tears are exceptionally rich sources of information on the health status of the eyes, as well as of whole body functionality, due to the presence of a large variety of salts and organic components whose concentration can be altered by pathologies, eye diseases and/or inflammatory processes. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) provides a unique method for analyzing low concentrations of organic fluids such as tears. In this work, a home-made colloid of gold nanoparticles has been used for preparing glass substrates able to efficiently induce an SERS effect in fluid samples excited by a He–Ne laser ( λ = 633 nm). The method has been preliminary tested on Rhodamine 6G aqueous solutions at different concentrations, proving the possibility to sense substance concentrations as low as few μ M, i.e., of the order of the main tear organic components. A clear SERS response has been obtained for human tear samples, allowing an interesting insight into tear composition. In particular, aspartic acid and glutamic acid have been shown to be possible markers for two important human tear components, i.e., lactoferrin and lysozyme. Full article
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