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Special Issue "Advanced Field-Effect Sensors"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Antonio Di Bartolomeo
Guest Editor
Department of Physics E. R. Caianiello, Università di Salerno, Salerno, Italy
Interests: field-effect transistors; tunneling transistors; nonvolatile memories; CMOS technologies; solid-state radiation detectors; field emission; optical and electrical properties of carbon nanotubes, graphene, and 2D materials; semiconductor heterojunctions and their application as photodetectors, solar cells, and chemical sensors; van der Waals heterojunctions of 2D-layered materials
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sensor devices based on the field-effect principle have been used for more than fifty years in a variety of applications ranging from bio-chemical sensing to radiation detection or environmental parameters monitoring. The basic working principle of field-effect sensors is the same as that of field-effect transistors (FETs), in which the conductance between two electrodes (source and drain) is controlled by the electric field generated by a gate.

Field-effect biochemical sensors have found increasing applications for pH and molecular or DNA sensing since the proposal of the ion-sensitive field-effect transistor (ISFET) by Bergerveld in 1968.

Field-effect devices have been extensively exploited for gas and pressure sensing. Photo-FETs are popular light intensity sensors. FETs, both the junction (JFET) and metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOSFET) type, are widely used as photodetectors and ionizing radiation detectors or dosimeters in radioprotection, radiotherapy, medicine, and dentistry.

FETs enable sensitive temperature sensors and piezoelectric strain gauges.

The advent of nanostructured materials in the past three decades has created opportunities to integrate new sensing materials or develop innovative architectures in field-effect-based sensors. The optimization of existing devices, research on new field-effect structures and fabrication techniques, and the design of novel electronic systems for signal amplification and processing are currently underway.

A great advantage of field-effect sensors is that they provide intrinsic signal amplification and can be integrated with the electronics needed for the sensor signal processing on the same semiconductor chip. Moreover, field-effect sensors feature high sensitivity, low-cost, and miniaturization.

Field-effect based sensing offers several challenges stemming from the highly interdisciplinary nature of the problems encountered, in which knowledge of material science, surface chemistry and physics, biomolecular kinetics, electronic engineering, etc. are required.

This Special Issue will present recent progress in the fabrication, design, understanding, and utilization of field-effect sensors for any applications.

The Special Issues will collect research papers reporting novel experimental, theoretical, or simulation results dealing with field-effect sensors. Review articles that offer comprehensive coverage of specific aspects or new insights and perspectives are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Antonio Bartolomeo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Potentiometric sensors
  • Floating gate, extended-gate, and dual-gate FET sensors
  • Bio-chemical sensors
  • pH sensing
  • ISFET, EISFET, affinity-based FET
  • Chemical field-effect transistor, ChemFET
  • Biomolecular sensing, BioFET
  • Immunologically modified FET, IMFET
  • Gas sensors, gasFET
  • Photodetectors, Photo-FET
  • Radiation sensitive FETs, RADFET
  • FET dosimeters
  • Pressure field-effect sensors
  • Temperature field-effect sensors
  • Field-effect strain sensors
  • Nanomaterials in field-effect sensors
  • Nanowire field-effect sensors
  • 2D-material field-effect sensors
  • Graphene field-effect sensors
  • Signal amplification
  • Sensor signal processing

Published Papers

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