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Recent Advances in Sensors for Chemical Detection Applications

A special issue of Sensors (ISSN 1424-8220). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical Sensors".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2025 | Viewed by 691

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ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Department for Sustainability, Division of Sustainable Materials, Laboratory Functional Materials and Technologies for Sustainable Applications-Brindisi Research Center, Km 706, Strada Statale 7, Appia, I-72100 Brindisi, Italy
Interests: sensor materials; functional materials; gas sensors; air quality sensor systems; sensor technology development; environmental measurements; urban air quality sensor networks; smart cities applications; environmental sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Chemical detection based on low-cost sensor technologies has become increasingly popular for several emerging applications, such as industrial process control, chemical threat monitoring, green chemistry, environmental sustainability, smart cities, hydrogen economy, energy saving, wearable devices, IoT applications, public health protection, sustainable mobility, autonomous vehicles, and community sensing.

Functional materials are cross-cutting technologies used for chemical detection to provide advanced gas sensors at a laboratory level and real-world testing in many industrial applications. Low-power consumption, high-quality data, and optimal performance are some important parameters used for a new generation of low-cost chemical sensors. Portable sensor systems and wireless sensor networks are typical approaches used to monitor chemical threats in long-term operation.

Current low-cost sensor technologies include numerous types of transducers, such as chemiresistor, electrochemical, transistor, optical, mass-sensitive, catalytic, and other hybrid configurations, evolving quickly with different open questions and considerable challenges, such as sensitivity, selectivity, stability, detection limits, calibration, accuracy, and so on. Understanding the limitations and capabilities of current low-cost sensor technologies for chemical detection is a key issue for future applications.

This Special Issue will focus on low-cost sensor technology, gas sensors, chemical sensors, advanced active materials, sensor nodes, hardware innovations, data communications, system integration, sensor testing, processing/corrections algorithms, machine learning, new solutions, and applications for chemical detection issues. Proper calibration techniques of chemical sensors are necessary, both in laboratory and field applications. Wireless sensor networks will be considered in the context of chemical detection applications.

In this Special Issue, we kindly invite front-line scientists to submit original researches and review articles on Recent Advances in Sensors for Chemical Detection Applications.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gas sensors;
  • Chemical detection;
  • Advanced materials for chemical sensing;
  • Novel gas sensor materials;
  • Sensor calibration;
  • Sensor systems;
  • Machine Learning algorithms;
  • Wireless sensor networks;
  • Chemical threats monitoring;
  • Environmental measurements;
  • Sensors for smart city applications;
  • Sensors for environmental sustainability;
  • Sensors for energy applications;
  • Sensors for IoT applications;
  • Sensors for industrial applications;
  • Sensors for sustainable mobility;
  • Case-studies of chemical detection campaigns;
  • New concepts and trends in chemical sensing.

Prof. Dr. Michele Penza
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Sensors is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2600 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.


  • gas sensors
  • chemical sensors
  • sensor active materials
  • advanced functional nanomaterials
  • portable chemical sensor-systems
  • chemical sensor modelling
  • IoT devices
  • machine learning engineering
  • chemical sensor applications
  • new concepts in chemical sensing

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