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Special Issue "MEMS Energy Harvesting and Low-Power Sensing"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Vittorio Ferrari
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Department of Information Engineering (DII), University of Brescia, Via Branze 38, I 25123 Brescia, Italy
Interests: sensors and sensor electronics; energy harvesting; MEMS; piezoelectric sensors and transducers; resonant and acoustic-wave sensors
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Prof. Dr. Alberto Corigliano
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: solid and structural mechanics; computational mechanics; MEMS; metamaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The upcoming applications of the Internet of Things and pervasive sensing require miniaturized sensor units with an extended lifetime under ideally unattended operation, which may result in minimal use of energy in sensor units and the development of next-generation energy-frugal devices.

Approaches that complement each other to reach the same goal include energy harvesting, i.e., converting sparse energy available in the surroundings across different domains into electrical energy, and low-power sensing. When the two are combined, energy self-sufficiency can be potentially obtained.

Today, MEMS (microelectromechanical system) technology is often the first choice in sensor applications and is expanding further, taking advantage of new materials and processes, such as piezoelectric and thermoelectric films.

While macroscale energy harvesting examples are now a confirmed reality, its implementation into MEMS is an open field of research that is attracting efforts across several disciplines from academia and industry, and there are expectations that MEMS platforms combining advanced energy harvesting methods with improved low-power sensing techniques will result in new devices.

This Special Issue aims to provide an updated snapshot of the current progress along this trend.

We warmly invite you to submit contributions on scientific and technical aspects of MEMS energy harvesting and low-power sensing, ranging from energy conversion techniques and devices to electronic circuits for energy management, low-power sensing techniques and devices, and sensor electronics for signal conditioning and processing.

Topics include but are not limited to the following:

- Theory, design, modeling, fabrication, experimental characterization, and applications of MEMS and microscale energy harvesters;

- Electronic circuits for energy management and storage;

- MEMS autonomous sensors and battery-less sensor nodes;

- MEMS low-power sensing techniques, circuits, and devices.

Prof. Dr. Vittorio Ferrari
Prof. Dr. Alberto Corigliano
Guest Editors

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