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Special Issue "Smart Microstructures and Materials for Sensors and Actuators Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Susana Catarino
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Microelectromechanical Systems Research Unit (CMEMS-UMinho), Universidade do Minho, Campus de Azurem, Guimarães 4800-058, Portugal
Interests: microfluidics; acoustics; sensors; actuators; numerical simulation
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Dr. Óscar Samuel Novais Carvalho
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Microelectromechanical Systems Research Unit (CMEMS-UMinho), Universidade do Minho, Campus de Azurem, Guimarães 4800-058, Portugal
Interests: biomedical applications; additive manufacturing; laser texturing; bio inspired materials; implants

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart materials and microstructures have gained, over the last decades, an increasing attention from the scientific and industrial community. These materials and structures have helped the fast development on the miniaturization, automation and efficiency of mechanical microdevices, later known as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). These microstructures combine electrical and mechanical components at a micro-scale level, and can be used both for sensing and actuation applications. The development of such microstructures is a multidisciplinary topic, involving the integration and connection of different areas, such as micro/nanotechnologies, chemistry, optics, acoustics, mechanics, electronics or materials engineering. Moreover, the recent progress of nanotechnology is also gaining popularity and has expanded the areas of application of the smart materials and structures to under the micrometer scale dimensions, with new smart nanofilms and nanoparticles. In this Special Issue, the editors invite submissions (review articles, original research papers and brief communications) contributing to the latest advances, challenges and perspectives in smart microstructures, materials and MEMS for sensors and actuators, in different application areas. Both experimental and numerical studies may be considered. Contributions in different areas are welcome, including biotechnology, biomedical, mechanical, electronic and materials engineering, as well as their applications to research and industry. We hope to bring together researchers who are interested in the general field of smart materials and structures, and provide an opportunity to the engineering community to discuss and exchange knowledge regarding their different applications.

Dr. Susana Catarino
Dr. Óscar Samuel Novais Carvalho
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Actuator
  • Bioinspired materials
  • Magnetostriction
  • Materials functionalization
  • MEMS
  • Microdevices
  • Micro/nano fabrication
  • Microstructures
  • Microfluidics
  • Numerical models
  • Piezoelectricity
  • Sensors
  • Simulation
  • Smart materials

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